Published Papers

chapters in books:

Ricci. C. (2010, October). Unschooling: A gentle approach. Cooperative catalyst:
Changing education as we speak, AE(1)
, 70-76. Retrieved
October 9, 2010, (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2010). Foreword. In Pritscher, C.P., Einstein & Zen (pp. xi-xiv). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2008). The democratic teacher. In W. Richardson & C. Richardson (Eds.), Walking the talk: Putting theory into practice: Narratives from a faculty of education (pp. 143-150). Calgary, Alberta: Detselig Enterprises Ltd. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2008). Always learning. In Priesnitz, W. (Ed.), Life learning: Lessons from the educational frontier (pp. 103-108). Toronto, Ontario: The Alternative Press. (Note: this was already published in Life Learning magazine and the “best” pieces were turned into a book) (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2005). Freirean literacy: Difference that makes a difference. In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Communities of difference: Culture, language, and technology (pp. 139-146). New York , N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan (PDF)

papers in refereed journals:

Ricci, C. (2009). Philosophical clashes: Rethinking scholarship. Paideusis. Retrieved April 20, 2010 from, (18)2, pp.55-59.

Ricci. C. (2010). How my now six-year-old daughter learner to write her name, recognize numbers, read some words, and draw: A narrative. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved February 1, 2010, from, (4)7, (14 pages) (PDF)

Chernets, M., McCabe, M., & Ricci. C. (2009, Winter). The need for mental illness and education and acceible services. Child and Family Professional Journal, 12(3), 36-49. (Note: All authors contributed equally) (PDF)

Ricci. C., & Price, J. (2009, April). Laptops and powerpoint: Teacher education for the senses or sensibilities. Technology Humanities Education Narrative. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from, Issue 6, (18 pages) (Note: Both authors contributed equally) (PDF)

Ricci. C., Gauthier, K., Baxter, J., & Neault, L. (2009). Voices: The need for alternative schooling. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from, (3)6, (13 pages) (PDF)

Ricci. C. (2009). Claiming our democratic rights. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from, (3)1, (15 pages) (PDF)

Ricci. C., & Simpson, K. (2008). Starting a school. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved April 29, 2008, from, (2)2, (20 pages) (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2008). Open Universities: You do not need a high school diploma to get into university. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved January 25, 2008, from (16 Pages) (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007). Are important and authentic Teachers members of our family? Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Retrieved February 8, 2008, from (7 pages) (PDF)

Ricci, C., & Hill, L. (2007). Apprenticeships: When schooling means more than doing. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, 1(1). (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2006). Redefining success. Paideusis, 16(1), 47-53. (PDF)

Ricci, C., & Magnani, S. (2006, December). Ontario’s turnaround program: Welcomed support or unwanted demoralizing insult? Canadian and International Education , 35(2). (28 pages) (PDF)

Ricci, C., & Berger, E. (2005, Summer). Exams and the learning environment. Encounter Education for Meaning and Social Justice , 18(2), 45-47. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2005, April 1). W/righting schools: A plan for action. Checkmark . Retrieved April 1, 2005, from (PDF)

Ricci. C. (2005, April). Rewarding the obedient: What is really being taught at the faculties of education? An experiential account. Journal of Pre-service Education . Retrieved November 1, 2005, from (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2004, October-December). The case against standardized testing and the call for a revitalization of democracy. The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 26(4), 339-361. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2002). What to teach? How to teach? Curriculum, ethics, Freire, and the teaching of English.English Quarterly , 34(1), 58-63. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2002, Spring). The ethics of reading: Freire, literacy, democracy, and McDonald’s. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing , 18(1), 143-155. (PDF)

non-refereed papers/articles:

Ricci, C. (2009-10, Winter). Foreword to Einstein and zen: Learning to learn by Conrad P. Pritscher.Education Revolution: The Magazine of Alternative Education, 21(4) #59, 23-25. (note: this the same foreword referenced above under Book Chapters that was reprinted here with permission—see above) (PDF)

Ricci. C. (2010, January). Intrafamily differences. E-journal of Alternative Education, AE(1), 70-76. Retrieved February 1, 2010, from (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2010). Regulating homsschooling. National Home Education Research Institute.

Ricci, C. (2009, August). Full day kindergarten reconsidered. Home Rules, 14(4) p. 4. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2009, Summer). The power of choice. Education Revolution: The Magazine of Alternative Education, 21(2) #57, 11-13. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2009, June).Trust: rethinking our child rearing. Home Rules, 14(3) p. 3. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2009, Summer). Why school parent councils should not be fundraising and what they should be doing instead Our Schools/Our Selves, 17(3) #91, 73-84. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2009, April).Working with OFTP. Home Rules, 14(2) pp. 1,2,3. (PDF)

Ricci. C. (2009, February). Printing numbers, free time and play. Self Directed Learning. Retrieved February 13, 2009, from (Note: this is a shorter version of the same article published at (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2008, June). Make your bed? Home Rules, 13(3) pp. 1,6. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007, Fall). Learner centered democratic alternative. Our Schools/Our Selves.

Ricci, C. (in press). [Review of the book Action for Social Justice in Education: Fairly Different]. Interchange.

Ricci. C. (2008, September). Printing numbers, free time and play. Unschooling Canada. Retrieved September 1, 2008, from (PDF)

Ricci, C. & Kingston, K. (2008, Spring). Literacy turnaround project: A flawed approach. Our Schools/Our Selves, 17(3) #91, 73-84.

Ricci, C. (2008, Spring). Exploring my own time in school. Education Revolution: The Magazine of Alternative Education, 20(1) #52, 12. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007, May/June). The Value of Unstructured Free Play. Life Learning, 22-23. (PDF)

Ricci, C., (2007, February). Unschooling my teaching. Home Rules , 12(1) pp. 8- 11. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007). An attempt to provoke: Should all forms of homeschooling be equally valued? Home Rules, 12(3), 1, 3. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007). E-learning in Ontario. Home Rules, 12(5), 6-7. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2007). Kindergarten lemonade. Home Rules, 12(4), 6-7. (PDF)

Ricci, C., & Wittington, P. (2007). EQAO’s grade six standardized assessment: what does this have to do with learning. Our Schools/Our Selves, 16(3), 61-70. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2006, September/October). Thanks for the trust. Life Learning, 22-25. (PDF)

Ricci, C., (2006, Fall). 2006 Is junk food really banned in elementary schools or have we been had, again? Our Schools/Our Selves , 14(1) #85, 37-41. (PDF)

Ricci, C. & Peddle, D. (2006, July/August). More to learning than schooling. Life Learning: Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learning, Distance Education , pp. 16-20. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2006). [Review of the book Rethinking the SAT: The Future of Standardized Testing in University Admissions ]. Journal of Educational Thought , 40(2) 460-463 . (PDF)

Ricci, C. (in press). [Review of the book Action for Social Justice in Education: Fairly Different ].Interchange. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2006, May/June). Always learning. Life Learning: Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learning, Distance Education, pp. 11-17. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2005, Summer). 2005 EQAO scores up, artificially?. Our Schools/Our Selves , 14(4) #80, 75-81. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2005). [Review of the book What to do? Case studies for educators ]. McGill Journal of Education . (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2004). From Invention to reality: our educational crisis and a call for action. The Nipissing University Review, 10(2), 7. (PDF)

Ricci, C., & Taylor. S. (2004, Fall). Challenging the validity of standardized testing. Our Schools/Our Selves , 14(1) #77, 63-73. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2004, September 27). Let’s get rid of the other half. The Toronto Star , p. A23. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2004, Winter). Breaking the silence: A marker speaks out against standardized testing. Our Schools/Our Selves , 13(2) #74, 75-88. (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2003). Ontario ‘s new grade 10 literary test, $21 million mistake. The Nugget . (PDF)

Ricci, C. (2003). The erosion of democracy in our schools. The Nugget . (PDF)

technical reports

Ricci, C., & OFTP. (2007, April). Administrative procedures— Homeschooling. Presented to the Grand Erie District School Board.

Ricci, C., & OFTP. (2007, April). Educational Concerns—CAS. Presented to the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Ricci, C., & Metherel, A. (2005, March). Proposal: Provisional certificates. Presented to the Ontario Ministry of Education.