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The 18th OISE Survey: Public Attitudes Towards Education in Ontario in 2012


18th OISE Survey

18th OISE Survey of Public Attitudes Toward Education in Ontario 2012Public satisfaction with the school system as a whole, and with the job teachers are doing are at record highs, according to the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Survey, released September 10.

“Historically, satisfaction with schools and spending preferences has often moved in opposite directions. In a political climate where satisfaction with schools is falling, support for more spending will be growing. The schools can fall victim to their own success,” says Doug Hart, co-investigator with Ben Levin, of the 2012 Survey.

The OISE Survey is the longest-running public opinion survey on education carried out in Canada. This is the 18th OISE Survey conducted since 1978.

A random sample of 1,016 Ontario adults were interviewed by telephone between December 2011 and March 2012. Other topics covered in the 2012 Survey include: grading the performance of local schools, taxation for education; use of private tutoring services, the role of EQAO, school accommodations for religious minorities, and the relevance of education to jobs.

18th OISE Survey (pdf)


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About the Author

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 when it was established by D.W. Livingstone, who directed the Survey until 2009.