ERIC Number: ED349642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Senior Executive Views on Education in Alberta.
Meanwell, Richard J.; Barrington, Gail V.
Interviews were conducted with 60 senior executives in the private sector to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the education system in Alberta, Canada from their perspective. The executives' views were solicited on the following topics: (1) current strengths of the education system; (2) necessary improvements in educational programs and services; and (3) knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for Alberta graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world. The findings were analyzed in the categories of expectations, satisfaction levels, problem areas, potential solutions, and other comments. Business executives expect Alberta graduates to have a high degree of competence in writing, reading, communicating, and social studies subjects and to have good attitudes with respect to learning, enthusiasm, work ethic, and self-esteem. These executives are most concerned about the degree to which students are "streamed"; the need for better standards so that those hired have the requisite knowledge and skills; the extent of program choice available to students; the need for more discipline in the classroom; the need for parents to be more aware of their responsibility for the education of their children; and the need to reward teachers who are performing well and deal with those who are not meeting the standard. The executives expressed needs for better standards, more discipline in the classroom, and parents to be more aware of their responsibility for their child's education. The executive summary, available separately, is included here. Appended are the cover letter to the executives and three tables. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, High School Graduates, High Schools, Private Sector, School Business Relationship, Student Evaluation, Student Responsibility
Alberta Education, Policy and Planning Branch, 11160 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L2, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.