ERIC Number: ED452388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Narrowing Opportunities for Adults in Ontario Secondary Schools: A Study of Students Affected by the Changes to Provincial Funding of Adults and the Education Act, 1996. NALL Working Paper #09.
Mombourquette, Fay; McEwan, Robert; McBride, Andy
A study investigated effects of implementation of a new policy by the Ontario Ministry of Education that decreased grants for adults and amended the Ontario Education Act, forcing school boards to develop a parallel but "basic service" system of education for everyone over age 21. All adult students in daytime secondary school programs were asked to supply basic demographics; human rights information such as whether students had a disability or belonged to a visible minority; whether they had special education needs; and information pertaining to student knowledge of pending changes in the grant system and their possible effects. Submissions were received from 117 schools, representing 7,723 completed questionnaires. The next phase of the research examined the changes that had occurred in five Target Boards (TBs) in the year following implementation of the adult funding model. Findings indicated that TBs responded to the changes in government policy by redesigning their adult programs using a continuing education model and creating policies directing adults to the new system. This resulted in a narrowing of educational opportunities for adults. Women, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and people who registered in English as second language courses were disproportionately represented among those adults who attended secondary school programs before and after the changes in government policy. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, At Risk Persons, Compliance (Legal), Delivery Systems, Developed Nations, Disabilities, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Females, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Minority Groups, Program Termination, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Student Characteristics
NALL: New Approaches to Lifelong Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6. Tel: 416-923-6641; Fax: 416-926-4725 ($3). For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/09narro wing.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada