5 October 2020
14:15 - 15:45
Online (link below)

Seminar: Louis Volante – Immigrant Student Academic Resilience

Immigrant Student Academic Resilience: Implications for Policy and Practice Stemming from PISA Results



International achievement measures such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have consistently reported an achievement gap between non-immigrant and immigrant student groups – a result that is often referred to as the immigrant student performance disadvantage. This presentation examines first- and second-generation immigrant student achievement results on past administrations of PISA in greater detail. Diverse results across internationally comparable jurisdictions are juxtaposed against policies and practices that have been associated with enhanced student achievement results and academic resilience for immigrant student populations. The discussion concludes by examining the implications of these findings for transnational policy development.



Louis Volante (PhD) is a Professor of Education at Brock University, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, and President of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA). He has held Visiting Professor appointments in England (UCL IOE), the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT), and Canada (University of Toronto). His current research is focused on education and public policy analysis; international large-scale assessments and the politics of education reform; metrics, performance monitoring, and transnational governance; and social stratification and student outcomes across education systems.

Professor Volante’s research has been supported by various Canadian and international research agencies, professional associations, and universities. He has secured Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funding as a Principal Investigator for multiple mixed-methods longitudinal studies. His current five-year SSHRC project examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes across Canada.

Professor Volante is a frequently invited speaker around the world and has worked as an advisor and evaluator for various Canadian, American, British, and European government departments on issues related to large-scale reform. With over 130 publications that examine diverse cultural contexts, Professor Volante is an internationally recognized scholar whose works are widely cited in academic and policy spheres. He has been featured as an educational change expert by scholarly associations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Professor Volante received his PhD from the University of Toronto with a focus on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.


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