ERIC Number: ED232275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
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The Disputatiousness of Canadian Politicians of Education: A Partial Report of a National Study.
Townsend, Richard G.
For an exploration of the components and sources of disputatiousness, Canadian education administrators identified 181 legislators and school board members in 5 regions (British Columbia, Quebec, Prairie provinces, Atlantic provinces, and Ontario) who provided data in interviews. Two coders' judgments of interview transcripts subjected to factor analysis produced four components of disputatiousness: conflict-mindedness, moralism, cynicism, and cabal-finding. (Findings indicate that disputatiousness or its absence is attributable to historical influences such as the founding fathers (the hierarchical and status-conscious Britons in British Columbia), formative events (the bicultural clash of French and English founders in Quebec), technologies of communication (the voluntary and cooperative associations created in the Prairie provinces to cope with such problems as adverse weather and vast distances), and the economic infrastructure (described by Marxists in the Atlantic provinces as traditionally under corporate control, which hinders the development of competing ideologies). All four influences exist in Ontario. Statistics suggest legislators and board members in the Prairie and Atlantic provinces are less confrontative than counterparts in other regions. Suggested further research includes a study of random samples of politicians to ascertain this study's validity and a comparison of this study's findings to those of other regional studies. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).