Prof. Marie Mc Andrews, PhD

Educational Administration and Foundations
University of Montreal
Quebec, CANADA

Marie Mc Andrew is a full professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, at the University of Montreal. She holds a PhD in Comparative Education and specialized in the education of minorities and intercultural education. She has worked extensively in research and policy development and evaluation in this field. From 1989 to 1991, as an advisor to the deputy-minister’s cabinet of the Quebec Ministère des Communautés culturelles et de l’Immigration, she has been closely associated to the development and dissemination of the Policy Statement on immigration and integration Let’s build Quebec together.

From 1996 to 2002, she was the Director of Immigration and Metropolis, the Inter-university Research Centre of Montreal on Immigration, Integration and Urban Dynamics, one of four centres created in 1996 by the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada (SSRCC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in the framework of their joint initiative to foster the development of research and policy related to immigration. The Centre is a network of over 60 researchers who have been carrying out, in the last 5 years, more than a hundred research projects focusing on policy issues. She also served as co –director of the Center for Ethnic Studies of Montreal Universities , the most important Canadian center in this field , from 2009 to 2012.

From 1993 to 2004, Dr. McAndrew co-ordinated the Research Group on Ethnicity and Adaptation to Pluralism in Education (Groupe de recherche sur l’ethnicité et l’adaptation au pluralisme en éducation – GREAPE). This was an interdisciplinary research team which worked in partnership with the Ministère de l'Éducation (MEQ), the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration (MRCI) as well as a number of School Boards on the Island of Montreal. The GREAPE team, building on the experience of studies carried out in Canada and in other societies, critically examined various issues such as the school integration of immigrants, the adaptation of Quebec's French-language educational system to diversity and citizenship education. Presenting an original synthesis of the studies conducted by the group since 1992, her book « Immigration et diversité à l’école: le cas québécois dans une perspective comparative » (Immigration and diversity in school : the québécois case in a comparative perspective) won the Donner prize 2001 attributed to the best book on Canadian public policy.

From 2003 to 2013 , she held the Chair in Ethnic Relations at University of Montreal and in June 2006, she was awarded a SSHRC Canada Senior research Chair on Education and Ethnic Relations. In this framework, she carries a major research program on the role of education in the maintenance and the transformation of ethnic relations, which comprises three main components: Culture, Socialization, Curriculum; Academic performance and educational mobility; Policies and Practices from a comparative perspective .This program includes many projects on various subjects such as the role of Education in the relations between the Jewish and Muslim Communities and other Quebecers and the Factors influencing the School Success of immigrant students ( a FQRSC team on this last theme, the research group on immigration equity and schooling is also attached to the chair ). The comparative component includes projects and collaborations with various Canadian provinces and countries such as France , Belgium , Britain and India. Another issue explored since more than 10 years by the Chair holder is the specificity of the adaptation of school system to pluralism in societies where more than one group can claim the status of a sociological majority. Her book on that topic , «Les majorités fragiles et l’Éducation: Belgique, Catalogne, Irlande du Nord, Québec, (PUM, 2010)/ Fragile Majorities and Education: Belgium, Catalonia, Northern Ireland, Quebec ( Mc Gill –Queens , 2013 )», nominated for the Governor General Awards in the Essays category, studies various issues, often contested, such as common schooling, the teaching of History in the context of competing memories, linguistic integration of immigrants, as well as the taking into account of diversity in schools.

In 2005, she received the Prix québécois de la citoyenneté Jacques-Couture pour le rapprochement intercultural and in 2015 the Abe Limonchik intercultural prize from the City of Montreal in recognition of the relevance of her involvement in research and dissemination for the development of public policies, better adapted to pluralism. She contributes or contributed to various provincial or federal committees such as the Consultative Committee on integration and reasonable accommodation in the school setting, the advisory board of the Consultation commission on accommodation practices related to cultural differences, the National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and CIC Deputy- Minister Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada since 2013 .