ERIC Number: ED194970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Issues in Canadian Educational Administration.
Williams, Thomas; Powell, Mava Jo
Examining the challenges and responsibilities facing Canadian provincial and local boards of education, this paper focuses on economic, demographic, ideological, jurisdictional, and administrative problems. Both provincial and local school boards currently face increasing financial pressure as inflation soars and taxpayers demand fiscal restraint. Declining enrollment causes both financial pressure on the district and unemployment among teachers. Other problems facing Canadian educators result from the particular racial and linguistic mixture found in Canada and from the variety of socioeconomic, pedagogical, and political values held throughout the country. A trend now is for local boards to lose power to the provinces, especially regarding finances, collective negotiations, and curriculum. Also rapidly emerging is the question of whether Canadian educational administrators should adopt an active or reactive style. What is necessary is a new emphasis on educational planning and a common definition of the goals that local and provincial systems must pursue. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Bilingualism, Boards of Education, Cultural Pluralism, Declining Enrollment, Educational Administration, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Planning, Power Structure, Retrenchment, School District Autonomy, 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.
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.