Foundations of Education


Defines an educational system.

Key Concepts

  • educational system

Educational Systems

As formal systems of teaching and learning, elementary and secondary education are institutionally rooted in schools.

On the one hand, 'schools' can be understood as 'brick and mortar' buildings where students, teachers, and other school staff congregate.

However, from a governance perspective, schools are more broadly construed as institutional constructs that have defined political, legal, financial, bureaucratic, pedagogical, and other structures. Considered together, such structures constitute an educational system (or school system).

This week's topics focus on the structure of Ontario's educational system.