Dr. Louis Volante

Faculty of Education

Dr. Louis Volante

Professor (PhD)
Available for Graduate Advisement

Louis Volante is Professor of Education at Brock University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 2016, he will be a Visiting Professor at UNU-MERIT (United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology) / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, in the Netherlands. His research is focused on the global governance of education, international achievement studies, migrant integration and student achievement, education policy analysis, and education reform and innovation. Professor Volante’s publications have been widely referenced by scholars in more than 30 countries, and every continent. His research has been supported by external funding agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Professor Volante is a former recipient of the R.W.B. Jackson Publication Award, which is awarded annually by the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association, for the best English language journal article. Louis completed his PhD within the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Courses Taught

Graduate Education

EDUC 5P62: Politics, Power, and Policy in Education
EDUC 5P72: Effecting Change in Education
EDUC 5P92: Introduction to Educational Research

Teacher Education

EDUC 8P71: Student Assessment, Practice and Policy
EDUC 8P77: Teaching, Research, and Education Inquiry

Research Interests 

  • Global Governance of Education
  • International Achievement Studies
  • Migrant Integration and Student Achievement
  • Education Policy Analysis 
  • Education Reform and Innovation

Select Recent Publications


Volante, L. (Ed.) (forthcoming). The Intersection of International Achievement Testing and Education Policy: Global Perspectives on Large-Scale Reform. New York, NY: Routledge [eISBN: 978-1-317-38618-6].

Volante, L. (Ed.) (2012). School Leadership in the Context of Standards-Based Reform: International Perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer [ISBN: 978-94-007-4094-5].

Articles in Refereed Journals

Birenbaum, M., DeLuca, C., Earl, L., Heritage, M., Klenowski, V., Looney, A., Smith, K., Timperley, H., Volante, L., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (Alphabetical Order) (2015). International trends in the implementation of assessment for learning: Implications forpolicy and practice. Policy Futures in Education, 13(1), 117-140

Volante, L. (2013). Canadian policy responses to international comparison testing. Interchange, 44(3-4), 169-178.   

Klinger, D., Volante, L., & DeLuca, C. (2012). Building teacher capacity within the evolving assessment culture in Canadian education. Policy Futures in Education, 10(4), 447-460. [Special Edition: Developing Sustainable Assessment Cultures in School Learning Organisations].

Articles in Professional Journals

DeLuca, C., Volante, L., & Earl, L. (2015). Assessment for learning across Canada. Education Canada, 55(2), 48-51.

Volante, L., & Earl, L.(2013). Standards, accountability, and student assessment systems: An international overview (web exclusive). Education Canada. Full text [online]: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada.

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Welch Hall Brock University
Dr. Louis Volante
Faculty of Education

Brock University
Hamilton, On.

T 905 547 3555 x3621
E louis.volante@brocku.ca


PhD in Education Thesis Defence – Philip Teeuwsen
January 18, 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monique Mallet-Boucher PhD Dissertation Defence
December 9, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm