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Welcome to CIDEC!

Welcome to CIDEC, a research centre and graduate collaborative program. CIDEC's mandate is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in comparative and international educational research at OISE. The CIDEC community includes over 50 faculty members, adjunct faculty, and visiting scholars.  More than 120 graduate student researchers with an interest in international issues and comparative methodologies in the field of education are affiliated with the Centre.


RICE (Western U) and CIDEC (OISE/UT) present a one-day symposium on


Working with, against and despite global ‘best practices’: Educational conversations around the globe

Friday, April 25, 2014 at OISE 

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

OISE  252 Bloor Street West

Room 5-250


In the unfolding 21st century, there is an expansion and intensification of transnational educational interactions and initiatives across the globe. Increasingly educational actors—as school teachers, teacher educators, researchers, development specialists, and community organizers—are working in transcultural contexts (in interconnected locations) in Canada and around the globe. In this context, we are increasingly confronting idealizations of “best practices” that are travelling across political borders, especially from the ‘west’ to the ‘east’ and to the ‘south,’ in an uneven world.   Educational transfer has been central to comparative, international, and development education for more than a century, but as of late the intensifying transnational rhetoric of ‘best practice’ requires much scrutiny as both danger and opportunity. What is the character of these so-called (western) best practices and what are their conceptual underpinnings and routes of assemblage? Which ‘best practices’ are travelling, how and to which ‘local’ educational domains?  How are they interpreted and engaged in local contexts and what are their effects? And ultimately, how are progressive and critically-minded educators to work with, against and despite global ‘best practices?’

This forum will be one of the unique opportunities for Canadian education scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to critically and collectively engage with these questions.  This one-day symposium is expected to be a place for exchange of ideas, as well as developing theoretical insights and practical strategies to more proactively engage in our respective trans-national/cultural contexts across the levels of policy, pedagogy and research.

To register: cidec.oise@utoronto.ca to reserve & pay by cash/cheque at event



"Revisioning Education

for All"


This year’s conference theme, “Re-Visioning Education for All”, is intended to provide our scholarly community with an opportunity to critically and comparatively reflect on the history, contemporary issues and future of the EFA movement in a global context marked by rising social and income inequality within and between nations and shifts in the global balance of power. Is EFA the right frame, the right social imaginary, for global and national education goals? Or is it a frame that has outlived its utility and relevance?  Critics have argued that EFA is meaningless if it does not address equity of learning outcomes and bridge widening inequality of access to higher levels of learning.  Some view EFA as too tightly tied to traditional models of schooling, outdated in a time of massive technological innovation. Others are intent on adding new, highly prescriptive learning goals into a post 2015 vision for EFA.   More broadly, EFA has been viewed as a Western effort to legitimate economic globalization – providing little more than a bandage on more grievous forms of social injustices within and across nations.  Yet others note that the EFA agenda has played an important role in one of the most rapid expansions of access to schooling in modern history.

CIES Toronto will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on EFA during the final months leading up to the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We will ask conference participants, including researchers, representatives of global institutions, civil society, and education practitioners, to explore the adequacy and future of EFA, moving us beyond the historical focus on access to basic schooling.  Our goal will be to spark new conversations about inequality, inclusion and innovation both inter-nationally and within nations and about global governance in education.

We also encourage scholars of other levels of education – from early childhood through to adult education and tertiary level learning, as well as those interested in learning outside formal educational systems - to share their views on a reinvigorated framing of the “education for all” concept.

Highlights To Include:

  • Keynote address by Rukmini Banerji – Pratham
  • Plenary talks by leading researchers in the field
  • Paper, panel and poster presentations hosted by our 23 Special Interest Groups and Committees, showcasing cutting-edge research and practice
  • Dissertation and publication mentoring workshops offered by the New Scholars Committee
  • Pre-conference workshops on a range of topics and issues
  • Annual CIES World Music Social, bringing together new and veteran scholars for an evening of fun, food and world music (live band and DJ)
  • And so much more! We hope to see you in Toronto.

About the Venue: One of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Toronto is home to three universities and more than 60,000 students.  Toronto is a neighborhood of neighborhoods, where one can experience cultures and foods from around the world.  Art galleries, theatre, music, restaurants and museums abound.

The conference hotel, the Toronto Sheraton Centre, is in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment and financial districts, directly across from Toronto City Hall, and within blocks of the Ontario Gallery of Art and the opera.  It offers underground access to a major subway line, with direct connections to the campus of the University of Toronto and many other city attractions.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel


The Comparative, International and Development Education Centre Presented

The Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium 2013

Friday, February 21, 2013, SMART ROOM – 7-105 (10:15-4:15)

A great success - well attended and exciting presentations. Check back for webcast and powerpoint presentations.

Check back in December for Program


Watch Ruth Hayhoe's keynote address during the first Ministerial Roundtable at the International Education Forum and Expo in Hong Kong. 


Read Karen Mundy and Francine Menashy's chapter titled "The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Private Sector Participation in Basic Education: Examining the Education Sector Strategy 2020"

 Picture of Sarfaroz NiyozovWatch Sarfaroz Niyozov, CIDEC Co-Director, and the Central Asia-Afghanistan Research Group talk the challenges to education in Afghanistan. 

Listen to more CIDEC webcasts.




Wednesday, April 30 to Friday, May 2
Celebrating Linguistic Diversity Conference 2014

Honouring the Contributions of Dr. Jim Cummins (CIDE Faculty)
The theme for this year's conference is a tribute to Dr. Jim Cummins' many contributions to the field of language learning and teaching on the eve of his July 2014 retirement from OISE. The conference is organized in partnership by the Toronto District School Board, the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Day 1 - April 30, 2014 - will have an academic/research focus around themes flowing from the research and writings of Dr. Cummins. It will be of particular interest to Researchers, Teacher Educators, AQ Instructors, Coordinators and Consultants, Graduate Students and others. Days 2 and 3 - May 1 & 2, 2014 - will have a more pedagogical and practical focus that will be of interest to all educators working with English language learners. There will also be some academic research sessions on Days 2 and 3.



Wednesday March 5, 2014

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Marianne A. Larsen, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, UWO

This presentation is about how we might integrate a critical spatial perspective in our comparative and international education research. I review mainstream social science literature that reflects a spatial metanarrative, which I critique for contributing to false dichotomies between space and place and oversimplified views of the relationship between the global and the local. I present some of the key ideas associated with the “spatial turn”, including a relational understanding and productive capacity of space. I will then analyze the significance of new spatial theorizing for our field by reviewing examples of both comparative and educational researchers who are engaging with critical spatial theorizing. I argue that a possible way to confront binary thinking about space and place is by shifting attention to the relational conceptions of space, through the analysis of networks, connections, and flows.

Marianne A. Larsen is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario. She completed her PhD in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her current research areas include internationalization of higher education, international service learning, and global citizenship education. She has also recently published two articles on spatial theorizing in comparative and international education research. She is the past-President of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) and current editor of the CIESC journal, Canadian and International Education.

Chair: Antoinette Gagné

Room 7-105

7thth Floor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West

This event is hosted by the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre, OISE, University of Toronto


CIDEC Presenteds

The Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014, SMART ROOM – 7-105 (10:15am to 3:30 pm)

CIDEC’s annual Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium 2014 (SRS) provides an opportunity for students to present their thesis research, a partial requirement of the CIDE program (for MA, PhD, and EdD students).

Five CIDE studentd presented and over 40 students, alumni and faculty attended throughout the day.



CIDE Study Groups

Teachers InCIDE

We are a group of graduate students and professors from different departments at OISE who share an interest in teacher education, teacher development/learning, and comparative, international and development education. We meet twice a month at OISE. During our meetings, we share updates about our research, lives, thesis works/progress; discuss common issues of interest; exchange resources; and learn from each other. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Yishin Khoo yishin.khoo@mail.utoronto.ca or Sardar Anwaruddin s.anwaruddin@mail.utoronto.ca.

More to come...

CIDEC Winter 2014 Seminar Series Announced

Seminar Series Schedule Winter 2014

CIDESA Sponsored  Transformers Project

Invitation to apply your passion and theoretical knowledge in Development and Education in a CIDE Student Association supported education project in Africa.

Transformers Project - aimed at equipping African teenagers with the political capacity and community mobilization skills to transform their societies.

For more information, join the conversation on: 

Facebook - CIDE Students 

Twitter: @unveilingafrica, @cidecoise

Questions: info@unveilingafrica.org



2012-2013 Annual Report


Carol Anne Spreen, associate professor of education in the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia.

Education Policy Change From Below: Advocating for Social Justice and Redefining Knowledge through Social Movements

This presentation will identify the role of social movements and community struggles as possibilities for democratic processes of educational change in an unequal education system. Specifically, I trace and analyse the dynamics of policy formulation and implementation in South Africa over the past seventeen years through a compilation of research conducted with the Education Rights Project (ERP).

Through this presentation I suggest that what has been missing from most analysis of transitional policymaking in South Africa is a careful examination of social class and participation, particularly how and why social movements and other actors on the ground who were initially central to policy formulation and critique, were largely marginalised once policies were institutionalized.

Thursday September 19, 2013

4:30-6:00 pm


CIDE Smart Room (7-105)

7th Floor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West

Please check this link for webcast following the presentation: http://uoft.me/3wb


N'Dri T. Assié-Lumumba
Cornell University
Africana Studies and Research Center
Ithaca, New York

Gender Factor in African/Diaspora Higher Education: Differing Patterns of Gaps in Access, Academic Achievements and Outcomes

Contemporary higher education in Africa and the African Diaspora has similarities and differences that result from the legacies of the Transatlantic Enslavement and the brief but equally powerful colonial rule.  The gendered patterns of access, attrition, retention, performance in terms of academic achievement and social outcomes, are also determined by indigenous factors and internal policies of the different nation-states. A global comparative analysis reveals structural inequalities based on gender.  The thrust of this paper is to articulate the trends and how they are reproduced, using comparative and historical analytical frameworks. 

Monday May 27th, 2013

4:30-6:30 pm EVERYONE WELCOME!

CIDE Smart Room (7-105)

7th Floor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West

Please check this link for webcast following the presentation: http://uoft.me/3wb

Appointment of New Co-Director

Alongside Dr. Sarfaroz Niyozov, who remains as Co-Director, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen Anderson to the position of CIDE Co-Director effective January 1, 2013. 

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include the implementation of education policy and program change, school improvement and teacher development (classroom, school, and school district levels), and program evaluation.

Double Loss for CIDEC

Roxana Ng in 2013

Our esteemed and dear colleague, Roxana Ng, died on January 12 after a short battle with cancer. Roxana's serenity, warmth, and intelligence will be will be sorely missed by the entire CIDE community.

Roxana requested that donations be made to InterPares in lieu of flowers.  We are also requesting photographs, stories, and words of tribute for a website that will be constructed in honour of Roxana and her work.  If you wish to contribute, please email your photos and stories to jamie.ryckman@utoronto.ca or angelasabrina.lytle@utoronto.ca.

Finally, Roxana was honoured in a motion at Toronto City Council.  Thank you to Councillors Krystin Wong-Tam and Pam McConnell for this condolence motion

The passing of CIDEC Founder Joe Farrell in 2012

"U of T's Joe Farrell developed alternative models to aid learning in developing world" - Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail Obituary by Noreen Shanahan

Pdf of obituary

We are deeply saddened to announce that CIDEC founder and Professor Joe Farrell passed away suddenly on December 8, 2012. Respected and loved by faculty and students alike, Joe’s generosity of both intellect and spirit will be missed by the entire CIDEC community. Memorial donations in Joe’s name can be made online by visiting:  https://donate.utoronto.ca/. Donations should be directed to the CIDE Founder Scholarship: In memory of J. Farrell  For further information, contact CIDEC Administrator cidec.oise@utoronto.caWe are deeply saddened to announce that CIDEC founder and Professor Joe Farrell passed away suddenly on December 8, 2012. Respected and loved by faculty and students alike, Joe’s generosity of both intellect and spirit will be missed by the entire CIDEC community. Memorial donations in Joe’s name can be made online by visiting:


Donations should be directed to the CIDE Founder Scholarship: In memory of J. Farrell.

The December 2012 of the CIESC journal, Canadian and International Education is dedicated to Joe Farrell. You can read the dedication (and CIESC members can read the other excellent articles, including one by CIDE Co-Director Sarfaroz Niyozov)

Read Around the World in 40 Years: A Tribute to Joe Farrell

For further information, contact CIDEC Administrator cidec.oise@utoronto.ca

Dr. Karen Mundy remains as CIDE faculty in addition to new responsibities at CIES and OISE

The Dean’s Office at OISE announces the appointment of Professor Karen Mundy as Associate Dean, Research effective September 1, 2012. Read more here.

Karen Mundy has been elected Vice President/President Elect for the Board of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)! She will serve a four-year term on the Board.

Listen to the announcement made by CIES President Ratna Ghosh(Audio)

Read Karen's biographical statement.


Approximately 30 CIDE faculty and students plan to attend or present at the Conference for Canadian Society for the Study of Education May 27 - 30 at Wilfrid Laurier University.

OISE was well represented at the Annual CIES Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 22 - 28 with over 50 OISE faculty and students presenting papers.


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