ERIC Number: ED046598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
The Poor at School in Canada; Observational Studies of Canadian Schools, Classrooms and Pupils.
Chalmers, John W.; And Others
The document presents 8 observational studies of interaction of the poor and the Canadian school system in an effort to gather data on inequalities in education. An ad hoc committee formed by the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) asked the member organizations to undertake observational studies following 1 of 2 main types of designs: (1) an observational study of 2 contrasting schools, 1 serving a poor segment of the population, 1 an affluent segment, with special emphasis on classroom interaction and (2) a shadow study of 2 students, 1 from a poor home, 1 from an affluent home, with emphasis on their school experiences. Eight member organizations of the CTF agreed to participate in the project. Of these, 4 undertook observational studies of contrasting elementary schools, 1 a shadow study in a junior high school, and 1 a case study of 2 poor families. The 2 remaining studies did not take this form but did record representative conversations with a number of students. The studies included in this volume were done between January and March of 1970. As noted, they provided fresh data on actual schools, teachers, and students in Canada. Studies were undertaken in different parts of the country, in both urban and rural settings, and by observers who differed in background and training. (EL)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Case Studies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Characteristics, Curriculum, Demography, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Rural Urban Differences, Small Schools, Socioeconomic Influences, Teachers, Teaching Methods
Canadian Teachers' Federation, 320 Queen Street, Ottawa 4, Ontario ($1.25)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).