ERIC Number: ED342073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-6
Reference Count: N/A
Year-Round Education: Some Questions and Answers.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Policy and Evaluation Branch.
Questions concerning year-round schooling are presented and answered in this report. Following a definition of year-round education, examples of single-track and multitrack schedules are described, along with the calendar variations within them. Other issues that are addressed include holidays and intersessions, compliance with the Alberta School Act, teacher/student assignments, effects of year-round education on the instructional program, cost, and maintenance. Proponents argue that year-round education offers a stable learning environment, savings in space and the operational budget, flexibility for family vacations, improved attendance, and reduced vandalism. Arguments against implementation include a lack of evidence for achievement gains; increased planning, recordkeeping, and administration; scheduling problems; conflict with family lifestyles and extracurricular activities; and increased operational costs. (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Year, Flexible Scheduling, Foreign Countries, Quarter System, School Schedules, Student Placement, Trimester System, Year Round Schools
Alberta Education Policy and Evaluation Branch, 11160 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L2, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Policy and Evaluation Branch.