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Laura Pinto

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON


Dr. Pinto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) Faculty of Education and the recipient of a 2009 Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for her research. Her critically-oriented research focuses on democracy and social justice in both education policy and practice. Her empirical research focuses on policy production processes, with emphasis on privatization of policy functions, critical feminist analysis, critical thinking, and financial literacy education. The author/co-author of 11 books and several dozen articles, her publications appear in both scholarly and professional journals to reach both scholars and practitioners. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2009. She also holds degrees in commerce and education. 

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Courses taught

Bachelor of Arts (ESTD)

  • Financial Management of Online Learning -  AEDT3130 
  • Holistic Learning in Early Childhood -  AEDT4150

Master of Education

  • Law & Order (EDU): Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues in a Digital World - EDUC5207
  • Leadership and Digital Technology - EDUC5205
  • Digital Technology and Adult Education - EDUC5405
  • Introduction to Adult and Higher Education - EDUC5401

Research and expertise

  • critical democracy and education
  • critical thinking
  • education policy and politics
  • equity and social justice in pedagogy and leadership
  • evidence-based practice
  • financial literacy education
  • Pinto, L. E. (2015). Fear and loathing in neoliberalism: School leader responses to policy layers. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 47(2), 140-154.
  • Pinto, L. E. (2013). When politics trump evidence: Financial literacy education narratives following the global financial crisis. Journal of Education Policy, 28(1), 95-120.
  • Pinto, L. E. (2012). Curriculum reform in Ontario: 'Common sense' policy processes and democratic possibilities. University of Toronto Press.
  • Pinto, L., Portelli, J., Rottmann, C., Pashby, K., Barrett, S., & Mujuwamariya, D. (2012). social justice: the missing link in school administrators’ perspectives on teacher induction. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, (129).
  • Pinto, L. E., & Coulson, E. (2011). Social justice and the gender politics of financial literacy education. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 9(2), 54-85.
  • Pinto, L. E. (2007). Textbook publishing, textbooks, and democracy: A case study. Journal of Thought, 42(1/2), 99-121.