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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Nina Bascia

Nina Bascia
Chair, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

phone: (416) 978-1515

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

My research emphasizes educational policy analysis and program evaluation; the intersections between policy and teachers' work; teacher leadership and development; and teacher unions and professional associations.

Recent research projects include an international study on how teacher unions change in response to changing conditions; on class size reduction; on teacher and student negotiation of curriculum in alternative schools; on relationships between teacher unions and governments around educational reform; and on teacher-driven curriculum policy.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Policy Analysis, Stanford University

M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University

Ed.S. in Program Evaluation, Stanford University

Teaching Overview

I teach the introductory and advanced courses on policy and program evaluation associated with the Collaborative Educational Policy Program.

I also teach in the Initial Teacher Education program, most recently an elective course on gender issues in schools and classrooms.

Representative Publications


Bascia, N., E. Fine & M. Levin (Eds.) (in press, 2017).  Alternative Public Schools: Democracy within Bureauocracy.  Palgrave Macmillan.

Bascia, N. (Ed.) (2015). Teacher unions in public education.  Palgrave Macmillan.

Church, K, N. Bascia & E. Shragge (Eds.) (2008).  Learning in community : Eight Case Studies of Informal Learning.  Springer.

Bascia, N., A. Cumming, A. Datnow, K. Leithwood & D. Livingstone (Eds.) (2005). International Handbook on Educational Policy. Springer.

Bascia, N. & A. Hargreaves (Eds.) (2000). The sharp edge of educational change.  Falmer Press.

Bascia, N. (1994). Unions in teachers' professional lives. Teachers College Press.


Articles and Book Chapters:

Bascia, N. (2016). Teacher unions and teacher quality.  Routledge International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy.

Bascia, N. (2015). Teachers’ work and innovation in alternative schools.  Critical Studies in Education.

Bascia, N., S. Carr-Harris, R. Fine & C. Zurzolo (2014). Teacher-driven curriculum innovation.  Curriculum Inquiry.

Bascia, N., & B. Faubert (2012). Physical space, spatiality and policy space: How class size reduction affects teaching and learning.  Leadership and Policy in Schools

Bascia, N., & C. Rottmann (2011).  What’s so important about teachers’ working conditions? The fatal flaw in North American educational reform.  Journal of Education Policy.

Bascia, N. & N. Jacka (2001). Falling in and filling in: ESL teaching careers in changing times. International Journal of Educational Change, 2(3), 325-346.

Bascia, N., & Hargreaves, A. (Eds.) (2000). The Sharp Edge of Educational Change: Teaching, Leading and the Realities of Reform. London: Falmer Press.

Bascia, N. (1994). Unions in teachers’ professional lives: Social, practical, and intellectual concerns.  New York: Teachers College Press.

Research Grants and Contracts

Representative Grants & Contracts:

2016-17: Teacher Union Renewal, for Education International.

2013-14: Positive Learning Environments in Schools, for People for Education.

2012-13: Teacher Union-Governmental Relations, for Education International.

2012-13: Alternative Secondary Schools: Issues and Models, for Toronto Catholic District School Board.

2012: Teacher Unions and Educational Reform, for National Education Association.

2007-08: Primary Class Size Reduction, for Ontario Ministry of Education & Canadian Education Association.

2001-05: Life Histories of Union-Active Teachers, for Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

1997-2001: Teachers' Work With ESL Students, for Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

1994-1996: Life Histories of Visible Minority Immigrant Teachers, for Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Professional Activities

Chair, Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, OISE

Director, Collaborative Educational Policy Program (CEPP), OISE