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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jane Gaskell

Jane Gaskell
Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-8858

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Human Resources

Research Overview

Dr. Gaskell's research and publications have focussed on a variety of policy issues in education, including the organization of secondary education in Canada; school choice; the impact of feminism on educational policy and practice; educational approaches to poverty; the links between education and the workplace; the politics of research and policy. Her most recent book is on the history of the Toronto Board of Education from 1970 to amalgamation in 1998.
Dr. Gaskell was dean of OISE from 2003 to 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Professor, OISE 2010-2017
Professor and dean OISE 2003-2010
Assistant, associate, full professor at University of British Columbia 1974-2003
Assistant Professor, Queens University 1971-1974
Ed.D. Harvard University (Education) 1973
B.A. (Honors) Swarthmore College (Sociology) 1968

Teaching Overview

Dr. Gaskell has taught the following courses at OISE:

TPS3029 Politics and Education
TPS 3029 Understanding Educational Policy
LHAE3029 Urban School Reform
LHAE1003 Conducting Research in Educational Administration
EDU3508 School and Society

Representative Publications


Gaskell J. and Levin B. (2012) Making a Difference in Urban Schools: Ideas, Politics, Pedagogy.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 219

Gaskell, J. and Rubenson, K. (Eds.), (2004). Educational Outcomes For The Canadian Workplace: New Frameworks For Policy And Research. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 240

Kelly, D. & Gaskell, J. (Eds.), (1996). Debating Dropouts: Critical Policy and Research Perspectives on School Leaving, New York: Teachers College Press, pp. 213.


Gambir, M., K. Broad, M. Evans and J. Gaskell (2010) Characterising initial teacher education in Canada: Themes and issues.  In K.G. Karras and C.C. Wolhuter (eds) International Handbook of Teacher Education World-Wide: Issues and Challenges Athens: Atrapos Editions pp 599-628,

Gaskell, J. and B. Levin. (2010) The challenges of poverty and urban education in Canada: Lessons from two school boards. In C. Raffo, A. Dyson, H. Gunter, D. Hall, L. Jones and A. Kalmbouka. Education and Poverty in Affluent Countries. New York: Routledge. p. 148-162

Gaskell, J. (2009) Feminist approaches to the sociology of education in Canada. In C. Levine-Rasky ed. Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education. Oxford University Press

Gaskell, J. (2008) A measure of trust in an era of distrust: Informed consent meets critical analysis in the study of effective schools. In Kathleen Gallagher ed. Methodological Dilemmas: Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research. Teachers College Press. Pp. 121-135


Gaskell, J. (2010) Urban Education Policy in Canada and the United States. LEARNing Landscapes. Vol 3 #2 pp 29-36

Gaskell, J., Kearns, L.L., Pollock, K. (2008) Approaches to Poverty in the Toronto School Board: 1970-1990. No Shallow Roots. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 10:4:427-443.


Research Grants and Contracts

Research Grants:

Date: 2003 - 2006
Investigator: Co-Investigator with Ben Levin
Title: Urban Poverty and Canadian Schools: Towards a Framework for Action
Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $143,000

Date: 2003 – 2005
Investigator: Jane Gaskell, Principal Investigator
Title: Approaches to Poverty in Toronto Schools: 1965-1985
Source: Connaught Grant
Amount: $10,000

Date: 2001
Investigator: Jane Gaskell, Principal Investigator
Title: Visiting Research Fellowship
Source: University of Queensland
Amount: $10,000

Date: 1999 – 2002
Investigator: Co-Investigator with Linda Eyre
Title: Gender Equity and Education Policy
Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $152,035

Research Contracts:

Date: 2008 – 2010
Investigator: Jane Gaskell, James Heap, Deborah Berrill & Serge Demers
Title: Teacher Education in Ontario
Source: Ministry of Education Ontario
Amount: $550,000

Date: 2006-7
Investigator: Denise Belchetz, Gerry Connelly, Jane Gaskell
Title: Improving Student Achievement in Schools: Facing Challenging Circumstances
Source: The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat
Amount: $500,000

Date: 2001 – 2004
Investigator: Co-Investigator with Susanne Lajoie, McGill University and Sharon Bailin, Simon Fraser University
Title: Multicultural Perspectives in Education
Source: Human Resources Development Canada: Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education
Amount: $160,000

Honours and Awards

2014 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2011 Champion of Public Education award from The Learning Partnership
2010 Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing
2008 Fellow, Trinity College, University of Toronto
2006 Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
2004 Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Achievement Award
2004 Herbert Coutts Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Society for Study of Education

Professional Activities

Invited Presentations: (selected, since 2007)

• 2010 Seoul National University, Korea. Invited address on undergraduate teaching in education in research intensive universities.
• 2010 Beijing Normal invited address. Teacher Education in Canada
• 2009 Association for the Study of Higher Education. Vancouver. The future of education schools in research extensive universities.
• 2009 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Ottawa. Peer Review revisited.
• 2008 Copenhagen. International Alliance of Leading Educational Institutions. “Teacher Professionalism: the Canadian Case”
• 2008 Victoria College, Toronto. “Thinking about Education” for the Vic One Graduates
• 2008 New York City. American Educational Research Association. “Education Research and the Canadian Context”
• 2007 Society for Research in Higher Education. Bristol. “Knowledge for Academic Leadership: the personal, the professional and the scholarly”
• 2007 Higher Education Quality Council. Toronto. “Above the fray: deliberative democracy and educational research”
• 2007 Summit on Educational Research. Vancouver. “Measuring the impact of educational research”
• 2007 Research series. University of Windsor. Educational Research and Canadian Secondary Schools
• 2007 American Educational Research Association. Presentation on feminism and educational research, and presentation on effective elementary schools in low income communities.

Service to Scholarly Societies:

International Alliance of Leading Educational Institutions
2007 – 2010 Founding Member
2009 Executive member

CADREI (Council of Academic Deans of Research Educational Institutions)
2006-2010 Member

Association of American Universities Deans of Education
2003-2010 Member

Ontario Association of Deans of Education
2003 – 2010 Member
2009 - 2010 Vice-chair

Association of Canadian Deans of Education
2006-2007 Executive Member
2003-2010 Member

Community/Government Organizations:

The Learning Partnership
2005-2007 Advisory Committee on Secondary Schools Demographics
2003-2008 Chair, Advisory Council on Policy and Research

Max Bell Foundation
2010 Reviewer

Toronto District School Board
2008 Advisory Committee on the Collection, Analysis and Reporting of Demographic Data

Ontario Ministry of Education
2008-2010 Advisory Committees on teacher education
2004-2010 Occasional member of partnership round table

Ontario College of Teachers
2003-2010 Member of numerous consultation committees