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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson
Professor Emeritus

phone: (416) 978-1156

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

I have retired and no longer accept and supervise new students. My 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. My research and consulting experiences have been situated in Canada, the United States, Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), Pakistan, and Chile. Current and recent research projects include an investigation of teacher and principal professional learning networks in Kenya; a study of system-wide reform in the form of intermediate level (school district) governance and support for public schools in Chile; a comparative study of school effectiveness in 22 high and low performing Ontario elementary schools; a study of school leadership in Chilean primary schools; an investigation of leadership practices affecting teaching and learning in the United States (9 states, 45 schools districts, 180 schools), a pan-Canadian study of policies affecting teachers work, case studies of school district efforts to develop teacher capacity to improve student learning in the United States, and evaluations of school and school district-wide school improvement projects in Pakistan and in Kenya. Recent publications include articles in such journals as the Journal of Educational Change, Journal of Professional Capital and Change; International Journal of Educational Development; Canadian Journal of Education; International Journal of Educational Reform; School Effectiveness and School Improvement; Journal of Educational Administration; and Leadership and Policy in School; contributions to a book of findings from a large scale investigation of leadership in US schools; an edited book on school improvement in East Africa (Improving Schools Through Teacher Development: Case Studies of the Aga Khan Foundation Projects in East Africa), and a research report on the school district role in school improvement (Beyond Islands of Excellence: What School Districts Can Do to Improve Instruction and Achievement in All Schools).

Curriculum Vitae