Dr. James (Jim) Ryan
Focus: Educational Administration for Diversity
I am a Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at OISE and is co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD). I teach in the Educational Administration program. I came from Lakehead University in 1991 where I was involved in teacher education and graduate studies. I taught and administered in an aboriginal school in a northern Canadian community and in other schools. My interests are reflected in recent publications and current research activities. They include, among others: leadership, diversity, inclusion, philosophy and theory in educational administration, research methods, social, critical and postmodern theory, and various organizational approaches to schooling. My books include Race and Ethnicity in Multiethnic Schools, Leading Diverse Schools and Inclusive Leadership.
Current Online Courses
TPS1040: Educational Administration I - Policy, Leadership and Change
This course provides an introduction to educational policy, leadership and change in general and to this program in particular by focusing on foundational concepts and theories significant to the understanding of education and educational administration. It offers a critical examination of a wide range of topics central to educational administration, educational policy, leadership and change, such as organization, community, power, authority, change, difference, leadership, and values. This examination will take into account major historical developments in the field as well as differing theoretical stances or paradigms, such as positivism, functionalism, interpretivism, critical pedagogy, feminism, post-structuralism and post-modernism. The course will help students understand how to use theory to make sense of educational practice in productive ways.
TPS1041: Schooling and Society in an Administrative Context
This course focuses on the social and policy contexts in which elementary and secondary educators work. Students will be exposed to a variety of issues related to schooling in a diverse and complex environment such as: differing purposes, philosophies, and values of education; multiculturalism and social justice; equity issues related to race, class, gender, and language; parental influences on schooling; the relationship of schooling to the labor market and the economy; choice of school and program; decentralization and centralization; standards and accountability; educational finance; school reform; educational and non-educational pressure groups and stakeholders. Through an exploration of these or related topics, this course will help students to continue to develop their understanding of different paradigms and methods used in research in educational administration, leadership, policy and change.
TPS1042: Educational Leadership and Cultural Diversity
This course is designed to acquaint students with the practices and issues associated with administration, organization, and leadership in educational organizations with culturally diverse student populations. Students will have the opportunity to critically analyse and appraise the practices and issues involved in the administration and leadership of such schools. They will also have the chance to probe and clarify their own conceptions of, and attitudes toward, multiethnic and anti-racist education generally and leadership in such school organizations specifically, in ways that will assist them with their own administrative practices.
TPS3029: Educational Leadership and Social Justice
The course focuses on selected aspects of educational leadership and social justice. Subjects to be explored include, among others, ideas of social justice and democracy, critical theories of education and leadership, the nature of leadership, democratic leadership, leadership and issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, feminist approaches to leadership, leadership in aboriginal contexts, barriers to practicing leadership for social justice, and globalization and leadership.
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