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

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  • Mary MacKinnon
  • Chris Minns

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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.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History in its series Economic History Working Papers with number 27863.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:wpaper:27863

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