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ERIC Number: ED161141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Parent Advisory Committees in Quebec: An Experiment in Mandated Parental Participation.
Lucas, Barry G.; And Others
In 1971 and 1972, the province of Quebec enacted legislation instituting a parental advisory committee in all schools in the province. The legislation mandated that parents become informed about school issues, disseminate information to the wider community, and provide school authorities with advice on educational decision-making. This study attempted to discover how well the requirements of the law were being carried out. The study used as data source a year's minutes of 11 school committees including 7 elementary and 4 secondary committees. The results indicate that the roles of the committees have been largely confined to the initial informational stage. Subsequent dissemination of information accounted for only about 5 percent of committee activities. When the number of recommendations made by committees to school authorities was analyzed, results indicated that advising authorities was the smallest area of committee activity. When initiation of issues was analyzed, it was found that administrators rather than parents accounted for over 66 percent of initiations in secondary school committees and over 42 percent of initiations in elementary committees. In sum, it seems likely that Quebec's parent advisory committees are operating in much the same way as the traditional "professionally-led" parent-teacher associations. (Author/JM)
Dr. Charles S. Lusthaus, Director, Division of Educational Leadership, McGill University, 3700 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1Y2 ($1.35)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada