Francophone Publications: Levasseur-Ouimet

Below is a summary of the published 1999 article written by Yvette Mahé.  Links to the book are avalible below for your convenience.

FrancophoneLevasseur-Ouimet, France; Mahé, Yvette; McMahon, Frank, et Tardif, Claudette. (1999)  L’éducation dans l’Ouest canadien.  Francophonies minoritaires au Canada.  L’état des lieux. Sous la direction de Joseph Yvon Thériault.  Moncton, N.-B. : Les Éditions d’Acadie, Chap.  21, 475-493.

Chapter 21 (out of 25), l’Éducation dans l’Ouest canadien, shows how historical and political events in Western Canada shaped Francophone struggles for linguistic and cultural survival.  The authors make reference to the role of Catholic colleges and convents, and small school districts in the preservation of the French language and culture in the past.  They discuss the importance of the B & B Commission, the Charter of Rights and various court cases on the evolution of French education in the West.

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Bibliographie Partielle

Below is a summary of the published 1985 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convenience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

educationMahé, Yvette T.M. (1985) Bibliographie partielle des ressources didactiques utilisées dans les écoles bilingues de l’Alberta : 1949 à 1966.  Edmonton, Alta.: Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, 19 pp.

This document lists the textbooks selected by French Canadian associations to transmit the French language and culture in bilingual school districts in Alberta between 1949 and 1966.  The purpose for creating this list was to encourage libraries and archives to preserve copies of these pedagogical materials for future analysis by other researchers.

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Identification of Bilingual School Districts

Below is a summary of the published 1989 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convenience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

Mahé, Yvette T.M. (1989) School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939.Mahé, Yvette T.M. (1989) School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939. Vol. I: “Identification of bilingual school districts.”  Edmonton, Alta.: Faculté Saint-Jean, l’Université de l’Alberta, 171 pp.

This book identifies the geographic location of approximately 118 school districts (bilingual school districts) established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta between 1885 and 1939.  A school district generally consisted of a one room school under the tutelage of one teacher, and was administered by three elected school trustees. The information in this book explains what happened to these districts during the period of school consolidation (1930-1940’s), and lists the names of the school trustees and teachers who served in these districts.  Data sources consulted for the identification of each district are provided.

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Francophone Publications: L’évolution de l’enseignement du français en Alberta

Below is a summary of the published 1989 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convenience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

Citizenship goals in Alberta’s Program of Studies before 1948 Mahé, Yvette T. M. (1989) L’évolution de l’enseignement du français en Alberta: reflet d’orientations culturelles et idéologiques. Écriture et Politique.  Actes du septième colloque du CEFCO.  Edmonton, Alta.: Institut de recherche de la Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.

Citizenship goals in Alberta’s Program of Studies before 1948 aimed at developing young British citizens.  These goals conflicted with the Francophone’s’ vision of linguistic and cultural transmission. This paper compares the kinds of values French Canadians wanted to promote in bilingual school districts to counteract Anglo-citizenship development goals of schooling.  However, Francophone elites were concerned that teachers and students were rejecting ancestral values and ideologies in favour of dominant societal values.

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