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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26494

Title: Public attitudes towards education in Ontario: Eighth OISE survey
Authors: Livingstone, David W.
Davie, Lynn
Hart, Doug
Keywords: Education
Public policy
Education in Ontario
Public satisfaction
Quality of education
Curricular balance
Educational funding
Early schooling
Child care centres in schools
Student assessment
Education outside schools
Cultural institutions
Educational decisions
Career decisions
Postsecondary access
Education and the workplace
Employment equity
Politics of education
Adult education
Continuing education
Issue Date: Apr-1991
Publisher: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
Citation: Orbit 22(2), 1-29
Series/Report no.: OISE/UT Survey
Abstract: This eighth OISE Survey documents more fully than previously the emergence of a "permanent education culture" in Ontario—a multitude of assertions of widespread belief in the importance of educational programs, from cradle to grave and in diverse settings. Much of this growing faith in education appears to be economically motivated. The Ontario public remains divided over some of the educational policies actually required to sustain such permanent education on principles of social equality. Satisfaction with the school system in general has increased somewhat since 1988, with almost half of Ontarians now indicating that they are satisfied with the school system. Small majorities of Ontarians continue to favour increased funding for education in general and for all levels of the formal school system, while larger majorities continue to want increased spending on adult literacy and training programs. A growing majority want to see the provincial share of school funding increase. This survey addresses issues of: satisfaction with the public school system, quality of education, curricular balance, educational funding, early schooling, child care centres in schools, student assessment, education outside schools, cultural institutions, preparation for making educational decisions, preparation and resources for making career decisions, postsecondary access, education and the workplace, employment equity, politics of education, and adult and continuing education.
Description: The OISE/UT Survey was conducted and published annually between 1978 and 1980, and biennially from 1980 to the present. It is the only regular, publicly disseminated survey of public attitudes towards educational policy options in Canada. Its basic purpose is to enhance public self-awareness and informed participation in educational policy-making.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26494
ISBN: 0-7744-0365-9
ISSN: 0030-4433
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