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Student attrition in specialized high school programs : an examination of three French immersion centres

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dc.contributor.advisor Mazurek, Kas Cadez, Ronald V. University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education 2007-07-12T20:10:41Z 2007-07-12T20:10:41Z 2006
dc.description xi, 161 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Student attrition has always been a problem for French immersion programs, especially at the high school level. In response to a lack of current research, this study seeks to discover if the problem persists. It also examines how today's French immersion high schools are dealing with other problem areas identified in research done in the past. These areas include, among others, students' learning challenges, behavioural challenges, and difficulties with the French language. The study documents the attrition rates from 1990 to 2004 in three high schools in Manitoba that are French immersion centres. In an effort to understand why students remained or left the immersion programs, 35 teachers, 220 current students, and 18 former students who have left the program to attend English schools were surveyed. All three sample groups' perceptions of the program show that while many things that were considered problematic in the literature are no longer a concern, other issues continue to persist. Furthermore, the data show that male and female students tend to leave the French immersion program for different reasons. However, the common motive that instigates the decision to leave appears to be the perception that higher grades can be achieved in an English school. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject French language -- Study and teaching -- Immersion method en
dc.subject French language -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Manitoba en
dc.subject Immersion method (Language teaching) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Student attrition in specialized high school programs : an examination of three French immersion centres en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en Masters

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