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ERIC Number: ED146783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Quebec's French-Language Universities and the Politics of Development.
Gill, Robert M.
The government of Quebec looks to the province's French-language universities for several contributions in strengthening the position of the French Canadian language and culture in Quebec. The enrollments in these universities have increased in the past fifteen years, and French-language universities are expected to educate and train increasing numbers of qualified students to fill key positions in the Quebec economic structure. Problems in the Quebec work world which limit the accessibility of higher-level positions to academically qualified French Canadians have been met by programs of "francophonisation" (intended to make key positions available) and "francisation" (to encourage the use of the French language). Other problems involve apparent cultural differences between French- and English-speaking Canadians. Educational planners have emphasized the goal of economic development while assuming the universities' role as agents of cultural access. They have avoided considering the possibility that the French Canadian national goals of cultural and economic development are incompatible in light of current French Canadian cultural orientations. Differences do exist, then, between the relationship of universities and development in any society, and the concepts and expectations of them as held by French-speaking Quebeckers. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada