ERIC Number: ED427392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Educational Reforms on the Operations of Alberta's Public Education System: A Comparison of the Perceptions of Superintendents, Principals and Teachers.
A study was designed to systematically gather subjective opinions from superintendents, principals, and teachers regarding the efficacy of educational reforms instituted in Alberta, B.C., during the 1990s. Data were obtained through a questionnaire consisting of 10 statements with which respondents could either strongly agree, agree, have no opinion, disagree, or disagree strongly; and 5 general questions requiring a subjective written answer. The statements pertained to whether reform has led to increased accountability for teachers and principals; improved quality of service to students; an increase of local control; improvement in student learning; improved classroom teaching practices; increased public confidence; a democratically run educational system; affordable and high-quality public education; solutions for most problems prior to 1993; and a change of condition in the respondent's school or jurisdiction. Of the 1,482 questionnaires distributed, 301 teachers, 200 principals, and 40 superintendents responded. The results support the overall conclusion that, according to the collective majority, reforms have not improved the system. After interpreting the data, it is concluded that new relationships and goals are needed to bring about a healthy, effective, and cooperative public education system in Alberta. (Contains 22 references and a sample questionnaire.) (RIB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Teachers Association, Edmonton.; Lethbridge Univ. (Alberta). Faculty of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada