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The 17th OISE Survey: Public Attitudes Towards Education in Ontario in 2009


17th OISE Survey
(digital edition-click on image)

Public satisfaction with Ontario’s education system is the highest in 30 years, according to the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Survey, released today.

“The OISE Survey shows public views of Ontario schools have markedly improved since the years of discord in the late 1990s and early years of the 21st century,” says Doug Hart, co-author of the survey with D. W. Livingstone.

The OISE Survey is the longest-running public opinion survey on education carried out in Canada. This is the 17th OISE Survey conducted by Hart and Livingstone since 1978.

A random sample of 1,001 Ontario adults were interviewed by telephone between October 2009 and January 2010. Issues examined include: public satisfaction with schools; funding priorities; governance; testing; opportunities for postsecondary education; and current policy issues including early childhood education and Africentric schools.

 17th OISE Survey (pdf version)


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About the Authors

Doug Hart is an Institutional Researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Formerly a Senior Research Officer at OISE, he was involved in a large number of program evaluation projects, primarily in the areas of second language education and professional education. He has been associated with with the OISE Survey since its inception in 1978.

D.W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work at the University of Toronto, Head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work, and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE. His recent books include The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work (Sense, 2008), Education and Jobs (University of Toronto, 2009), and Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work (Routledge, 2010).