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Kelebay, Yarema Gregory – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Reports on current educational issues in Quebec (Canada). Briefly covers some of the major issues addressed in the Estates General, the commission study on the future of education in Quebec. A Montreal School commissioner challenged the government's numbers concerning dropouts. Decentralization, whole language learning, and school rankings also…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Educational Administration, Educational Finance
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Couture, Jean-Claude – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Asserts that social studies often emphasizes abstract concepts illustrated with obscure historical references. Argues that the introduction of feminist issues of social justice, exploitation, violence, and power can galvanize many of the central issues of social studies. Considers the use of language and how it restricts and validates certain…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Consciousness Raising
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Kelebay, Yarema Gregory – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Identifies British Fabian-Socialism and French gauchisme (a hybrid of Marxism and existentialism) as the political-philosophical antecedents of the Quebec separatist movement. Argues that the current movement has scrapped these influences in favor of racial-ethnic nationalism and has embarked on a campaign of rabble-rousing propaganda. (MJP)
Descriptors: Dissent, Educational Policy, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Criticizes the recent trend of six-figure-plus salaries for higher education administrators in Canada. Maintains that these salaries reflect neither market value nor individual performance but rather result from aggressive self-promotion and institutional chicanery. Argues that those individuals motivated primarily by money should work in the…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Policy
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Steinhauer, Noella – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Briefly discusses the adjustment process that non-native teachers go through when teaching Canadian native students. Notes some of the cultural differences between the two groups including concepts of time, conflict resolution, and respect. Concludes that the ever-changing nature of native culture requires teachers to be flexible. (MJP)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Conflict, Educational Policy
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Skeoch, Alan – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Attempts to sort out and address many of the issues, controversies, and concerns surrounding Ontario's adoption of a common curriculum. Finds confusion and factionalism on both sides exacerbated by a preponderance of jargon. Identifies and defines key features of the common curriculum. (MJP)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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Ekdahl, Moira – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Portrays the current social studies curriculum reform in British Columbia as a process hampered by disagreements over the input and participation of teachers. Charts the deterioration of this process culminating in the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers' Association's withdrawal from the process. (MJP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
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Rose, Sheila D. – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Provides a brief overview of the educational conditions in Canada's Yukon Territory and discusses their effect on curriculum development. Describes three social studies curriculum projects from inception to completion. The projects are "Our Land Too: Women of Canada and the Northwest 1860-1914"; "Klondike Gold"; and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Observes that decisions to cut bureaucratic waste in Canada's educational system rests with the bureaucracy itself. Maintains that most schools could productively institute a limited form of teacher-oriented self-administration, thereby reducing and streamlining educational administration. Argues that most educational administration is…
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance
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Sitwell, O. F. G. – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Summarizes the objectives, guidelines, and skills sets contained within the 1994 National Geography Standards. Concise examples illustrate the implementation of broad objectives. Discusses how each stage of the curriculum is connected to developmental growth. Recommends increased cooperation and coordination between secondary and higher education.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
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Steinhauer, Noella – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Discusses the shift in thinking among the current generation of young Canadian Indians. Political attitudes have moved from an accommodating stance (Kiyam) to a more committed and confrontational position (Semac). Briefly addresses why some Indians prefer to stay on reservations. (MJP)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Ethnic Discrimination
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Mock, Karen R. – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Reviews the implementation and early successes and failures of multicultural education in Canada. Although multicultural education was officially adopted as an educational policy in 1971, it has been reworked and revamped as problems and challenges have arisen. Discusses those incidents that necessitated structural changes in the policy. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Development
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Kelebay, Yarema Gregory – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
A critical analysis of the findings of an Estates General (a combination congressional hearing/government study) concerning the quality of education in Quebec (Canada). The study painted a bleak picture of educational quality and literacy and recommended severe program changes and budget cuts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Current Events, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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Mock, Karen R. – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Evaluates the effect of multicultural education on racism in Canada. Maintains that racism is still an integral part of Canadian life and, in some instances, appears to be on the rise. Argues for a vigorous and consistent educational policy emphasizing multicultural and antiracist training. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Development
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Kelebay, Yarema Gregory – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Discusses a report of a task force on English language education in Quebec. Describes each portion of the report: educational policy, issue analysis and recommendations, and predictions that English-speaking student enrollment in Quebec will continue to fall. Includes additional opinions on other subjects. (DK)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
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