The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Education in Canada: Time to Question the Statistics and Information

By Ron Phillips.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gathers and publishes information on education systems around the world. It is important that the information be correct. This allows for comparisons of educational systems around the world.
This presentation examines Canadian ‘national’ statistics and information from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and from Canadian organizations, e.g., Council of Ministers Education, Canada (CEMC), Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). At first glance, Canada’s ranking in the world of education is quite high. Canada’s real place in international education is much lower if the real ‘national’ education statistics and information are used.
Serious questions must be raised about the reliability and validity of the ‘national’ education information and statistics from Canada. These questions may also affect research using such information. Researchers should be cautioned about the use of such Canadian information and statistics.

Keywords: OECD, CMEC, Canada, INAC, International Education

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.259-270. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.864KB).

Dr. Ron Phillips

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada

Dr. Phillips has worked in the area of First Nations special education for the past thirty years throughout Canada. He has recently written an article on “Aboriginal Elders views of Exceptionality”. He is presently teaching courses in special education and methods at Nipissing University.


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