ERIC Number: ED406954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Strike from the Students' Viewpoint.
Grayson, J. Paul
In the fifth and sixth weeks of a faculty strike at York University (Ontario), a survey was undertaken to assess student perceptions of the strike, its benefits, and its costs. Respondents were 502 randomly selected full-time undergraduate students in several disciplines. Survey questions were developed in student focus groups. The report describes the survey's methodology and results in the following areas: student characteristics; central issues in the strike; long-term benefits for students at the institution; impact on student schedules; academic costs; economic costs; impact on student stress levels; relative importance of strike-related problems and other problems students encountered during the year; support for the faculty action; concern over strike impact; institutional communication about the faculty action; student involvement in strike-related activities; and satisfaction with the academic program. Results indicate the students did not feel improvement in their education would be an outcome of the dispute, but felt considerable academic and economic hardship and did not feel the faculty union or administration had students' best interests in mind. Only about one-third of respondents supported the action, but many expressed satisfaction with their academic program at the university. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Activism, Anxiety, College Environment, College Faculty, College Students, Conflict Resolution, Cost Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Communication, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Teacher Strikes
Institute for Social Research, York University, 257 SSB, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.
Identifiers - Location: Canada