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School resources and schooling outcomes in a frontier society: evidence from British Columbia, 1900-19201

By Mary MacKinnon and Chris Minns

Abstract

Elementary schooling in North America in the early 20th century underwent major changes with the spread of graded schools with multiple classrooms and teachers to semi-urban and rural areas. Detailed schooling records from British Columbia indicate that pupil attendance responded strongly to the introduction of additional teachers in one-room schools. The attendance impact of grading a school dominated alternatives such as employing more highly qualified teachers, or building additional schools to reduce catchment areas. Changes in the provision of schooling can account for about a quarter of the 30 percentage point increase in attendance rates between 1900 and 1930

Topics: F1001 Canada (General), LA History of education
Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:32413
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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