Spring / printemps 2012
Special Issue - Articles

The Impact of Regulation 17 on the Study of District Schools: Some Methodological Considerations

Francoise Noël
Bio
Published April 11, 2012
How to Cite
Noël, Francoise. 2012. “The Impact of Regulation 17 on the Study of District Schools: Some Methodological Considerations”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 24 (1). https://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/3542.

Abstract

Three sets of documents which might be used to study District schools in the early twentieth
century are examined: Schools and Teachers, the Inspection Summary Registers, and The Report
of the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Condition of the Schools Attended by French-
Speaking Pupils (Merchant Report). Using data created from these for a sample area in the
Nipissing District, some of the methodological difficulties with using each of these sources are
shown, particularly the gap in information in Schools and Teachers between 1914 and 1926.
That the boundaries between public and separate schools were permeable at this time and that
both must be studied to view the impact of Regulation 17 on District schools is emphasized.


Résumé
Pour mener notre étude sur les écoles de district au vingtième siècle, nous utilisons trois séries
de documents : la revue Schools and Teachers, les résumés des rapports annuels des inspecteurs
d’écoles et The Report of the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Condition of the Schools
Attended by French-Speaking Pupils (le rapport Merchant). À partir des données tirées de ces
trois sources pour une région témoin du district de Nipissing, nous démontrons certaines
difficultés méthodologiques reliées à leur utilisation et plus particulièrement à la pauvreté de
l’information de la revue Schools and Teachers entre 1914 et 1926. Nous insistons sur le fait
que durant cette période la frontière entre les écoles publiques et les écoles séparées était perméable
et pour cette raison, il faut étudier les deux types d’écoles pour comprendre les effets du
Règlement 17 sur les écoles de District.