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Family mobility and educational planning Skogstad, Judy Lee

Abstract

Mobility and increasing urbanization have resulted in a pattern of differential growth rates among school enrollments. This has necessitated that educational planners develop an understanding of family mobility in order to better predict student populations and maximize the use of existing school facilities. In the past, such predictions have not usually incorporated factors which account for changes in the separate components of population. An examination of elementary school enrollments in Vancouver evidenced the need for a more detailed understanding of migration. The present study set out to establish the impact which various migration patterns exerted on elementary enrollments in the Vancouver School District and in three areas within the school district, which illustrated different migration patterns. Secondly, the reasons why families with elementary school children move into and out of specific school areas in the city were analyzed from data collected by means of a questionnaire. A chi-square test was used to establish the significance of differences in the-responses of each group. The migration streams differed significantly in terms of the reasons stated for moving and the factors of importance in the choice of a new home. Significant differences in the latter were mostly reflected in school areas characterized by different migration streams. The study demonstrated that educational planners should be aware of the migration patterns affecting each school area in their district in order that they may calculate, and wherever possible influence the impact of changes in any factors which influence mobility

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