ERIC Number: ED311562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
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Similarities and Singularities: A Comparative Analysis of the Organizational Size of Canadian School Systems.
Allison, Derek J.; Allison, Patricia A.
To construct a descriptive analysis of national school system size categories suitable to facilitate cross-provincial comparisons in future research, data concerning the number of students, schools, teachers, and school and central office administrators as reported in 1986-87, excluding Quebec, were obtained from Statistics Canada. Enrollment and school data for Quebec were supplied for the 1987-88 school year by the Quebec Ministry of Education. To qualify as a school system, a board had either to operate more than one school, or to employ a board administrator; the final data contained 788 public school systems within Canada's 10 provinces and 2 territories. In addition to enrollment, school numbers, mean school enrollment, and three estimates of employee numbers were used as organizational size measures. An analysis of compiled data indicated high correlations between employee measures and enrollment, suggesting that while enrollment may represent a different theoretical measure of size, it can nonetheless be used as a reasonable proxy for employee number (although differences of scale remain). Further research involving school system size measures should be sensitive to the presence of exceptionally large or small systems during sampling and analysis. Five tables and four figures are included. (57 references and 5 footnotes) (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada