Research

At AYSCBC, we undertake research on many topics and areas in the field of education.   This helps to continually build up our knowledge and use of the 'promising practices and success stories of students, schools, and their communities.  

 We follow up on topics of interest brought forward by the Membership.

 Through our research, AYSCBC continues to build a repository of information and resources relevant to School Councils'/Boards' roles and responsibilities and ensures this information is accessible, understandable, accurate and meaningful.

 Outside of Yukon, contact has been made and is maintained with many relevant educational organizations and projects, some of which are:

Publications

REPORTS
(to access the publication, click on the title of the document)

Yukon Reports

2012 High School Exit Survey Report 
 
The Yukon High School Exit Survey is a multi-year study which was initiated in 2010 by the Department of Education, Government of Yukon. The purpose of the study is to capture information about the high school experiences and post-secondary pursuits of cohorts of individuals who have attended high school in Yukon, and have recently left or graduated. Each cohort will be surveyed twice: once the year following their expected high school graduation date, and a second time two years after the initial survey. The information gathered in the survey is used to inform policy and programming in the Department.

2012 High School Exit Follow Up Survey Report

This report details the longitudinal and follow-up survey findings from the first cohort to be initiated into the Survey. This cohort was first survey in August and September 2010 by the Bureau of Statistics. A follow-up survey was conducted in July and August 2012.
The initial survey covered:
-Success in high school;
-High school programming;
-Jobs and skills learned in school, and;
-Transitioning to post-secondary education and training.

The follow-up survey looked more closely at:
-Current employment status and transition to the work force;
-Educational goals and attainment;
-The transition to post-secondary education and training, and;
-The respondents' plans to live, work, and/or attend college in Yukon.
 

Health and health-related behaviours among young people in Yukon (2011)

This report is based on a survey administered to Grade 6-10 students in the fall of 2009. The survey covered a broad range of health and social issues including relationships, school experience, healthy living, substance use, violence and bullying among others.The findings are important to all of us who care about the health, education and well-being of Yukon children in all the roles we play in our personal and professional lives.
This study is part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted across
Canada.  National results will be available in fall 2011.

Yukon Youth Secondary School Transitions 2009-2010 - What Happens During and After 
Secondary Schooling Experiences?

This report outlines the findings of a survey done by Yukon Bureau of Statistics on students' high school experiences and attendance histories as well as what their education and career goals were during and after finishing school. Some of the results provide insight into such topics as: Yukon secondary school student demographics. some of the reasons students stay in school and why they leave; social, economic, and educational obstacles and aids students encounter; and experiences of transitions during their secondary school years and after leaving or completing their public schooling.

Education Reform Project Final Report (2007)

The Education Reform project was "to engage First Nations governments, citizens and other partners in education to effect positive, sustainable change in the education system in the Yukon for the benefit of all Yukoners.  The report identifies and examines many of the issues in Yukon education and offers insight an direction on possible changes and enhancements to the system."  


National Reports

Topic:  Truth and Reconciliation

National Truth and Reconciliation--Calls to Action

This document outlines the 94 recommendations or "Calls to Action" as prepared by the National Truth & Reconcialation Commission after extensive work related to Indian Residential Schools and the survivors.

Topic:  Education in Northern Canada

Lessons Learned: Achieving Positive Educational Outcomes in Northern Communities (Feb 2012)

 

This report by the Conference Board of Canada examines education in the context of Northern communities, with the primary objective of exploring Northern experiences and sharing lessons learned, practices, and models that Northerners believe are having a positive impact on educational outcomes.

Building on our Strengths: Aboriginal Youth Wellness in Canada’s North (Jan 2014)

 

This report by the Conference Board of Canada delivers new insights into successful Aboriginal youth wellness strategies in Canada’s North. It highlights three initiatives that reflect the diversity of potential strength-based Aboriginal youth wellness strategies.

Topic: Assessment and Learning

What did you do in school today: The Relationship between Instructional Challenge and Student Engagement (September 2012) 

This report prepared by J Douglas Willms and Sharon Friesen for the Canadian Education Association explores the relationship between instructional challenge (the balance between students' skill levels and the challenge of their school work) and student engagement. 
"Findings from What did you do in school today?
suggest that educators look carefully not only at the ways in which schools function but also at the heart of the enterprise itself - teaching - and the conditions necessary to sponsor deep, meaningful learning." (p. 10)

Report of the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment of Mathematics, Science and Reading

This report is the outcome of over 30,000 grade 8 students from 1600 schools across Canada who were tested in Mathematics, Science and Reading.  Assessment was not based on the specific curriculum of the provinces and territories but rather on the students`abilities to use their learning skills to solve real life situations.  The report includes breakdowns and comparisions of all provinces and territories.

Topic:  Early Childhood Development and Public Education

Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action (2007)

"Early childhood development and adult literacy are often discussed as separate topics: yet the interrelatedness of these concepts is of utmost importance..... international evidence exposes two disturbing findings.
One: nearly nine million adult Canadians lack the literacy skills necessary to cope with everyday life.
Two: among developed countries, Canada comes dead last in spending on early childhood programs. Naturally there's a connection."   

The Quality of Public Education in Canada 2010

"While family and parental characteristics play key roles in shaping children's abilities and their attitudes toward learning, all learning environments experienced in the early years — whether in the home or in the community — can profoundly affect learning abilities over the longer term." 
Read more about what you can do to have a positive influence on children's early years and on their future learning in school.

Topic:  School Calendars

The 2013-2014 School Calendar published by the Canadian Education Association

This annual publication compares the length of the school year, the number of instructional days and more in school districts across Canada. 

 

International Reports

"Battling for the Soul of Education"

This report from John Abbott and the 21st Century Learning Initiative speaks to some of the core issues and concerns at the heart of education.


Alaskan Schools: What Matters to Students--Listening to the Voices of Engaged and Disengaged Alaska Native and Non-Native Students (2012)

This report looks at the relationship between school climate and student academic engagement

Topic:  Assessment and Learning

PISA in Focus

PISA in Focus is a series of short monthly education policy-oriented summaries designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way. 
A few of these 4 page articles are:

What can parents do to help their children succeed in school?

School autonomy and accountability: Are they related to student performance?

'2009 PISA At a Glance' Report

"PISA stands for the Programme for International Student Assessment.   Every year, it evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems in some 70 countries, with Canada being one of them. PISA represents a commitment by governments to regularly monitor the outcomes of education systems within an internationally agreed framework."   Read parts of this reader-friendly version and see how Canadian students perform in relation to students from other countries.


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