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Blair Mascall
Associate Professor Emeritus

phone: (416) 978-1173
email: blair.mascall@utoronto.ca  

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Research Overview

Dr. Mascall's research interests focus on leadership and change, in organizations engaged in elementary and secondary schooling. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of London, England, and has worked as a management consultant in Europe and North America. His research examines the processes one can use to help guide and monitor the implementation of a variety of changes, and the work that leaders can do to help develop people and their organizations during a time of change. He has recently completed work on a national study of educational leadership in the United States, developing an empirical link between what educational leaders do and how children succeed. Other projects have involved work in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. His Canadian research has focused on developing evidence about the outcomes associated with distributed leadership in Ontario schools, as well as a recently-completed policy implementation study on the Ontario Primary Class Size policy.


Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Blair_Mascall_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D. University of Toronto, Theory and Policy Studies in Education 2003
M.Sc. University of London, London Business School, 1981
B.A. York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, 1973


Teaching Overview

Dr. Mascall has taught the following courses at OISE:

TPS1041 - Educational Administration II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Winter 2005)
TPS1040 - Educational Administration I: Policy, Leadership and Change (Winter 2003, Fall 2005, Spring, 2007)
TPS1048 - Leadership and School Improvement (Fall, 2003; Winter 2005, Winter, 2008)
TPS1020 - Teachers and Educational Change (Winter, 2004; Spring 2005, Winter, 2010)
TPS1004 - Introduction to Research Literacy in Educational Administration (Fall 2004)
TPS1050 - Themes and Issues in Change, Leadership, Policy, and Social Diversity (Winter 2006, Winter, 2007, Fall 2009)
TPS1029 - Independent Reading Course on Educational Leadership
EDU5554 - The School as a Professional Workplace (Fall, 2006; Winter, 2008)
TPS3029 - Professional Learning Communities (Spring, 2007)


Representative Publications

BOOKS

Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., Strauss, T. (Editors)(2009).  Distributed Leadership According to the Evidence.  New York: Routledge.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Leithwood, K.,. Anderson, S., Mascall, B. and Strauss, T. (2010). School Leaders’ Influences on Student Learning: The Four Paths.  In Bush, T., Bell, L., & Middlewood, D. (Eds.) The Principles of Educational Leadership and Management,

Mascall, B., Leithwood, K., Strauss, T. and Sacks, R. (2009).  The Relationship between Distributed Leadership and Teachers’ Academic Optimism.  In Harris, A. (Ed.), Distributed Leadership: Different Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 81-100.

Mascall, B., Leithwood, K., Moore, S. and Walker, K. (2009).  Changing Leaders:  Leadership Turnover in American Schools.  In White, R. (Editor), Principals of Succession: Transfer and Rotation in Educational Administration.  University of Toronto Press.

Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., Strauss, T., Sacks, R., Memon, N., and Yashkina, A. (2009).  Distributing Leadership to Make Schools Smarter:  Taking the Ego out of the System.  In Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., Strauss, T. (Editors) Distributed Leadership According to the Evidence.  New York: Routledge. 

Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., & Strauss, T. (2009).  What we have learned and Where we go from here.  In Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., Strauss, T. (Editors) Distributed Leadership According to the Evidence.  New York: Routledge.

Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., & Strauss, T. (2009).  Distributed Leadership: New Perspectives on an Old Idea.  In Leithwood, K., Mascall, B., Strauss, T. (Editors) Distributed Leadership According to the Evidence.  New York: Routledge.

 

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2006-08
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: Canadian Education Association / Ontario Ministry of Education
Amount: $500,000

Year: 2003-06
Role: Co-PI
Grantor: SSHRC
Amount: $75,000

Year: 2004-05
Role: PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education (Transfer Grant)
Amount: $30,000

Year: 2003-08
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: Wallace Foundation
Amount: $4,700,000

Year: 2003-04
Role: PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education (Transfer Grant)
Amount: $20,000

Year: 2001
Role: Co-PI
Grantor: York Region District School Board
Amount: $51,000

Year: 2001
Role: PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Amount: $16,000

Year: 2000
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: New Zealand Ministry of Ed.
Amount: $50,000

Professional Activities

2009-Present Co-director, ICEC
2004-2005 Advisory Committee Member, Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards, The Learning Partnership
2003-Present Reviewer, International Journal for Educational Change
2003-Present Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Education
2002-Present International Centre for Educational Change, OISE/UT
2002-Present American Educational Research Association (AERA)
• Division A – Educational Administration
• Division L – Educational Policy
• School District Special Interest Group
• Educational Change Special Interest Group
1999-Present Canadian Society for the Study or Education (CSSE)
1999-Present Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA)
1999-2008 Curriculum Implementation Partnership, Ontario Ministry of Education

Research Areas

Leadership, Administration & Educational Change

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