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ERIC Number: ED383112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-19
Pages: 18
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Discussions of Educational Change in Canada and the United States.
Webber, Charles F.
This paper summarizes the collective views of American and Canadian educators who discussed educational differences and similarities between the two countries at a cross-cultural conference. In October 1994, 26 members of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) met in Calgary with 150 educators from across Alberta (Canada). Participants agreed upon the similarity of educational reforms under way in Canada, the United States, and abroad--particularly, the trends toward downsizing; simultaneous centralization and local decision making; growing tensions among government, business, school, and university communities; an increased emphasis on accountability; a devaluation of education as a societal investment; and a rapid pace of change that precludes widespread involvement in decision-making. Other similarities included the influence of business, the move toward a market model, changes in classroom practice, and cuts in university budgets and increases in college tuition fees. It was noted, however, that Canada had different teacher-certification and administrator-selection practices, less student diversity, less public controversy about educational change, and a high level of teacher professionalism. Both American and Canadian educators agreed on the importance of attempting to act as a positive and reasoned influence on educational practice. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada