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The impact of school provision on pupil attendance: evidence from the early 20th century

MacKinnon, Mary and Minns, Chris (2009) The impact of school provision on pupil attendance: evidence from the early 20th century. Economic History Working Papers (116/09). Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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)
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Additional Information: © 2009 Mary MacKinnon and Chris Minns
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > LA History of education
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 15:27
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2020 00:30

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