1st Edition

The Effectiveness of Educational Policy for Bias-Free Teacher Hiring Critical Insights to Enhance Diversity in the Canadian Teacher Workforce

By Zuhra Abawi Copyright 2021
    166 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a critical examination of educational policy in Ontario, Canada, and critiques the success of such policies in ensuring diversity and equity of access in teacher hiring.

    Providing comprehensive coverage of historical marginalization in the Canadian education system, the book explains the rationale and objectives of policies enacted with the aim of ensuring "bias-free", or "colourblind" hiring. Drawing on qualitative data to illustrate how educators’ lived experiences often sit at odds with the inclusivity that such policies claim to achieve, the book presents the "Equity Hiring Toolkit" as a practical framework enabling educational administrators to recognize how unconscious biases and relative positions of power can implicate hiring decisions.

    This text will benefit researchers, doctoral students, and academics in the fields of teacher education, educational policy, and multicultural education more broadly. Those interested in the school leadership and management, as well as race and ethnic studies will also enjoy this volume.

    Foreword by Ann E. Lopez

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Situating Myself in my Work

    Chapter 2: Historical and Contemporary Racial Inequity in the Ontario Education System

    Chapter 3: Policies of Teacher Diversity: The Myth of Bias-Free Hiring

    Chapter 4: Challenging the Myth of Bias-Free Hiring through Qualitative Research with Teachers

    Chapter 5: Teacher Experiences and the Effectiveness of Equity and Inclusive Education Policy in Relation to Hiring

    Chapter 6: Social Location and Identity Construction in Teacher Hiring Applications

    Chapter 7: Looking Forward to Enhance Equitable Teacher Hiring: The Equity Hiring Toolkit

    Chapter 8: Conclusion


    Zuhra E. Abawi is an Assistant Professor of Education at Niagara University, Ontario.