ERIC Number: ED197460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Declining Enrolments on the Curriculum: Perceptions of Supervisory Officers.
Leithwood, K.; Montgomery, D.
Responses to a series of five group interviews and questionnaire surveys provide the basis for this study of the effects of declining enrollment on Ontario's curriculum. The supervisory personnel in the sample identified six factors in curriculum planning that would be influenced by declining enrollment: teachers, line administrators, curriculum support staff, school facilities and organization, capital expenditures, and processes for curriculum development. The changes in these factors would in turn affect objectives, instructional strategies, and curriculum materials. Shrinking schools, nonspecialized staffing patterns, multilevel groupings, loss of professional development opportunities for teachers, job insecurity, advanced mean age of teaching staff, and reduction in instructional materials would affect classroom interaction and curriculum implementation negatively. The authors recommend several ways to stimulate professional and curriculum development and offer ideas on organizational arrangements. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Curriculum Development, Declining Enrollment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Multigraded Classes, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment, School Organization, Teacher Role
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01522/CODE00322; $.50 microfiche).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Note: For related documents, see EA 013 260-308.