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ERIC Number: EJ859761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
What's Ailing Ontario's Colleges and What Can Faculty Do about It
Fedderson, Kim
College Quarterly, v11 n4 Fall 2008
In this article, the author discusses the problems facing Ontario's community colleges' faculty as educators whose "craft" is to teach. The author contends that the problems educators face haven't really been the focus of the three constituencies that have dominated the conversations about the colleges: (1) college management; (2) the Federal and Provincial government; and (3) OPSEU. College managements have been focused on demonstrating that public funds have been expended in an accountable fashion, that the various consumers--students, parents, employers--are satisfied, and that future funding can be secured in order that the institutions remain robust. The Federal and Provincial governments has been focused on securing public favour for the investments they have made in the Ontario college system, and OPSEU has been focused on securing the best employment terms and conditions it can for its membership. The author is not taking issue here with the priorities of these constituencies, but merely observing that given these priorities, there has been inadequate attention paid to the "craft" that defines one's profession and qualifies him/her to be called professor: education. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada