ERIC Number: ED177746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Impact on Pupils of a Labour Dispute in the Public School System. Phases II and III of a Study.
Painter, Bert; And Others
This report aims to reconstruct the experience of the participants within the school districts in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia during the six-week period of a strike/lockout of nonteaching employees. It also attempts to determine the labor dispute's major effects on school performance and to identify ways of minimizing the effects of such a disruption. Although no reliable data are available on the effects on student academic achievement, the evidence is that the dispute generated increased absence and dropout rates for the remainder of the year, particularly at the secondary level. No one factor is sufficient to minimize the effects of the disruptions, nor are the factors purely technical. They are a combination of social and technical variables. The study identified six key factors. They are the attitude of the teaching staff, the degree of responsibility that students are prepared to assume for their education, the amount of parental support, the flexibility of the curriculum and the teachers, and, a factor that can override all else, the temperature of the school. The starting point for minimizing the effects of the disruption is the recognition that school is not in regular operation. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Research Council, Vancouver.
Identifiers: British Columbia (West Kootenay)
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