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ERIC Number: ED001380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 32
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COLORADO ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA PROJECT FOR SMALL HIGH SCHOOLS, A REPORT TO CITIZENS.
BEAL, WANDA
THE PROBLEMS OF RURAL SCHOOLS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY--AN INABILITY TO HIRE ENOUGH WELL-PREPARED, VERSATILE, AND RESOURCEFUL TEACHERS AND TO RETAIN THEM OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS TO ASSURE PROGRAM CONTINUITY, INADEQUATE CURRICULUM OFFERINGS AND EQUIPPED CLASSROOM SPACE, DECREASING ENROLLMENT, LACK OF RECOGNITION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO TEACHERS ALREADY ON THE JOB, AND LOGISTIC PROBLEMS OF TIME, NUMBERS, AND SPACE. SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS INVOLVE--THE REORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT LINES AND THE CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOLS WHERE REASONABLE, THUS REDUCING NEEDLESS DUPLICATION OF BUILDINGS, TEACHERS AND MATERIALS, THE SHARING OF SERVICES AMONG SEVERAL SCHOOLS WHICH ONE SCHOOL CANNOT BY ITSELF AFFORD OR JUSTIFY, AND A MODIFICATION OF INSTRUCTION METHODS, ENABLING THE TEACHER TO MAKE A MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF TIME. IT WAS FOUND THAT MULTICLASSES ENRICH THE CURRICULUM OF SMALL SCHOOLS, AND THAT SCHEDULING LONGER PERIODS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL HELP TO SLOW STUDENTS AND MORE CHALLENGING ASSIGNMENTS TO ADVANCED STUDENTS. SMALL GROUP TECHNIQUES STIMULATE INSTRUCTORS PROFESSIONALLY AND ALLOW THEM TO GIVE MORE INDIVIDUAL HELP TO STUDENTS. FILM COURSES ASSIST IN INCREASING THE CURRICULUM OFFERINGS AND IMPROVING INSTRUCTION. RECORDINGS ARE AN AID TO BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, ENABLING THE VOICES OF MASTER TEACHERS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES TO BE BROUGHT INTO ANY REMOTE CLASSROOM. CORRESPONDENCE COURSES ARE USED TO ENRICH THE CURRICULUM AND TO PROVIDE COURSES WHICH COULD NOT OTHERWISE BE OFFERED. BOTH THE STUDENT AND TEACHER RESPONSE TO THE PROJECT WAS HIGHLY FAVORABLE. EVALUATION TEAMS RECOMMENDED THAT PROJECT CLASSES BE CONTINUED AND THAT OTHER SMALL SCHOOLS BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT.
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers: COLORADO; Colorado (Denver); ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA PROJECT