ERIC Number: EJ785662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
High School to University in Ontario: How Effective is the New Grade 12 Curriculum?
Brady, Patrick; Allingham, Philip
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v53 n4 p414-429 Win 2007
The dual Ontario graduating class of 2003, commonly referred to as the Double Cohort, was the product of that provincial government's initiative to eliminate the long entrenched practice of requiring a fifth year of secondary school for university-bound students. The new, more "rigorous" four-year curriculum, the Ministry of Education asserted, would be as effective as the previous Ontario Academic Credit (OAC) system in preparing graduating students for further education at the postsecondary level. This study, conducted in a small Ontario university, examines the efficacy of the new curriculum by comparing how effectively the two subgroups, the former grade 12s and the former OAC graduates, had made the transition to postsecondary education both socially and academically. The results suggest that the recently adopted four-year secondary school program has been successful in that there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of academic achievement or social adjustment.
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, Academic Achievement, High Schools, Higher Education, Social Adjustment, Foreign Countries, State Government, Grade 12, Curriculum, College Preparation, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change, Time Factors (Learning)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada