ERIC Number: ED194968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Unique Factors Affecting Canadian Education.
Farquhar, Robin H.
In a background statement identifying what is unique about Canada and the issues it currently faces, this paper begins by discussing the concurrent movements toward Canadian nationalism and Quebec nationalism as an illustration of the problems caused by large size and great diversity. It then focuses on unique aspects of Canadian education, including provincial power over education, public finance of sectarian schools, and absence of professional leadership above the local level, and concludes that, in Canada, one searches in vain for clear operational goals and priorities in education at the federal level and even at the provincial level. Current trends identified include consolidation of districts, decline in enrollment, and heavy spending for education. Finally, unique issues faced by Canadian administrators are looked at, including nationwide diversity in educational organization and performance, delivery of education to sparsely populated areas, the French language question, the lack of national trust, the lack of professionalism in educational administration, and the political vulnerability of senior education officials. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French, Governance, Language of Instruction, Nationalism, Parochial Schools, Private School Aid, Regional Characteristics, Rural Areas, School Attitudes, States Powers
Not available separately; see EA 013 022.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Identifiers: Canada; Quebec
Note: Published in "Canadian and Comparative Educational Administration" (EA 013 022). Based on a paper presented at the International Intervisitation Program in Educational Administration (4th, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, May 1980). For related documents, see EA 013 022-050.