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ERIC Number: ED165246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: A Canadian American Comparison.
Robinson, Norman
This study compared the findings of the 1969-76 Gallup polls on education with findings from three Canadian surveys on attitudes toward public schools. The Canadian studies were done in 1973, 1975, and 1976 in two large suburban school districts in Vancouver, British Columbia. In each of the Canadian surveys 200-250 adults were interviewed. Both the Gallup poll and the British Columbian surveys revealed discipline as the major problem facing schools. The majority of Canadian and American respondents queried favored improved programs and services rather than expulsion for students not interested in school. Subjects from both countries agreed that students do not work hard enough in school. Most respondents favored a system of national, state, or provincial testing. While the Gallup poll and the 1973 Canadian study showed the public almost equally divided on whether the schools' readiness to try innovations was too great, not great enough, or about right, the later Canadian studies showed a growing reaction against educational innovation. And although a majority of Americans were opposed to school tax increases, a majority in each of the Canadian samples would approve a needed increase. Most Canadian and American respondents felt that schools were doing an average or better than average job. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver); Gallup Poll; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 1977)