Dr. Louis Volante is Professor of Education at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is also an Affiliated Researcher at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, UNU-MERIT (United Nations University–Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), in the Netherlands. Professor Volante is currently the President-Elect for the Canadian Educational Researchers Association (CERA) and is a former recipient of the R.W.B. Jackson Publication Award, which is awarded annually by CERA for the best English language journal article.
In this interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, Volante shares his thoughts on how his scholarship aligns with the 2018 AERA theme: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education.”
The necessities of public education systems are rapidly evolving. Nevertheless, if I were to identify one of the most salient areas that is undergoing a pronounced transformation, it would likely be in the broader field of literacy. How one defines and conceptualizes this construct is changing fairly rapidly—often in response to the digital world that most students within the developed world are situated. The increased use of technology in contemporary classrooms presents both opportunities and formidable challenges — particularly as educators strive to promote an engaging learning environment within contexts that may be under-resourced.
This Lead the Change interview appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.