ERIC Number: ED415774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-up Survey of Strike Impact.
Grayson, J. Paul
During a faculty strike at York University (Ontario), two telephone surveys were undertaken to assess student perceptions of the strike. The first survey was taken during the fifth and sixth weeks of the strike, with the objective of documenting the experiences of students while the strike was on. The questionnaire for this survey was developed with the help of input from student focus groups. The second, undertaken 5 months after the strike, measured post-strike experiences and attitudes. Respondents for the first survey included 502 randomly selected full-time undergraduate students in several disciplines; in the second survey 83 percent of the original students were reinterviewed. This report, digested from the complete report, briefly describes the survey's methodology and results, noting the effect the strike had on student schedules, academic achievement, and course completion; its economic impact; and student attitudes towards faculty and staff. It also measured degree of support for the union. The post-strike survey showed effects enduring well beyond the strike period. Although an insignificant number of students left York University because of the strike, a slim majority remained bitter about the conflict; student satisfaction with academic programs remained lower than before the strike. (CH)
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, 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.