Rural Education

Below are a set of charts for Canada and each province and each territory on characteristics of teachers and students in Canada. The analyses were prepared as background information for a chapter published in a book on rural education edited by Corbett and Gereluk. The published chapter has data at the Canada level only.

Looker, E. Dianne and Ray D. Bollman. (2020) “Setting the State: Overview of data on teachers and students in rural and urban Canada” Chapter 2 in Corbett, Michael and Dianne Gereluk (ed.). (2020) Rural Teacher Education: Connecting Land and People (Toronto: Springer).

The charts that follow provide a rural<>urban comparison of the following topics for Canada and for each province and territory (unless constrained by data limitations):

  • demographic context of labour markets (number of labour market entrants compared to labour market retirees);
  • level and trends of teacher employment
  • level and trends of Bachelor of Education graduates
  • indicators of teacher turnover including:
    • average months working for same employer
    • percent of teachers under 35 years of age
    • percent of teachers without a permanent contract
  • characteristics of teachers:
    • percent working part-time (less than 35 hours per week)
    • percent of teachers working unpaid overtime
    • percent of teachers in smaller schools
    • percent of the population by Aboriginal Identity and by age
    • high school dropout rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students

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