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

MacKinnon, Mary and Minns, Chris (2009) School resources and schooling outcomes in a frontier society: evidence from British Columbia, 1900-19201. Economic History working papers, 116/09. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/workingPaper...
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
L Education > LA History of education
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 116/09
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2011 11:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32413/

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