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Education Canada’s Summer 2010 Edition is Now Available

Featured Articles

The Big Ideas Behind Whole System Reform

Michael Fullan
Professor Emeritus at OISE/UT and Special Advisor on Education to Ontario’s Premier, Dalton McGuinty

Whole system reform means that every vital part of the system – school, community, district, and government – contributes individually and in concert to forward movement and success, using practice, not research, as the driver of reform. With this in mind, Fullan shares several “big ideas”, based on successful implementation, which informed Ontario’s reform strategy.


Self-Regulation: Calm, Alert, and Learning

Stuart Shanker
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University

In the simplest terms, self-regulation can be defined as the ability to stay calmly focused and alert, which often involves – but cannot be reduced to – self-control. The better a child can stay calmly focused and alert, the better he integrates the diverse information coming in from his different senses, assimilates it, and sequences his thoughts and actions. In this article, Shanker provides a detailed account of what self-regulation is and why is it so important for learning.