Research

Rather write only about what YRDSB did, or what programs the Ministry of Education in Ontario put in place for High Skills Majors as an example – regardless of their success – Sharratt & Harild looked outward to find an inventory of current innovative programming in this relatively new field and asked “how did it become so?; how could it become even better?” In the research and discussions with other jurisdictions, and finding successful examples of such programs, what they uncovered to no one’s surprise was that to provide the broadest range of experience which might encourage students to think about future careers and studies, teachers needed to learn more about each student’s interests which they then might use to positively impact their learning. They discovered systems already experimenting with single interest schools, with Cooperative Education at various degrees of implementation, but little consistency across systems or coordination between local systems.