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ERIC Number: ED445167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 56
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ISBN: ISBN-0-9685144-1-3
The Pressure for Choice: An Analysis of a Series of "Traditional School" Proposals to School Boards in B.C. with Regard to Establishing Schools of Choice within the Public System. Research Series #2.
Coleman, Peter
During 1994 to 1996, 15 school districts in British Columbia, Canada, received proposals to establish alternative public schools of choice based on the effective school model. These became commonly known as "traditional schools." Most of the proposals were denied, but four elementary schools were in existence by early 1998 and three others were approved later in the year. This study analyzed the proposals submitted to support 14 traditional schools. These proposals are based on the beliefs of the proposers that a consistent, structured approach to learning and school accountability is essential. Among the foundational elements proposed for these new schools are adherence to the prescribed curriculum, parent input through a governance council and parent partnership in instruction, with commitment to the values of the school ensured in advance of enrollment of students. The proposed schools planned to emphasize traditional models of instruction, especially direct instruction. Teachers were to have high expectations for students, and the schools were to have strict codes of behavior. The analysis concludes that the proposals match well with effective schools research and fit within the academic press theory of school effectiveness. A large body of research supports the emphasis on parent involvement, and choice of the school is expected to strengthen parent and student engagement. School choice could become a central technique for improving schools in British Columbia. An appendix summarizes elements of the proposals studied. (Contains 3 tables, 2 charts, and 44 references.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education, Kelowna (British Columbia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada