ERIC Number: ED056817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Directions for Educational Development in Appalachia. Report of an Educational Needs and Feasibility Study Involving the Appalachian Areas of Six States.
Campbell, Merrill G.
In 1971, the Appalachia Educational Laboratory initiated a comprehensive Needs and Feasibility Study designed to present an overview of the educational needs of Appalachia and to pinpoint critical problems the region's educators will face in 1976. The study consisted of 5 independent components: a review of pertinent literature, analysis of data collected in a 1967 AEL survey of Appalachian superintendents, a 1971 survey of teachers and administrators, a 1971 survey of a panel of Appalachian experts, and use of a convergence technique at a meeting of approximately 200 decision-makers in Appalachia. Main objectives were to determine systematically what educational products should be developed by the AEL and to provide the potential users of these products an opportunity to participate in their identification. Experts anticipated that, during the next 5 years, changing attitudes within and about Appalachia, increased educational leadership, and curriculum changes would be needed. Critical needs in the area of product development were innovations relating to new patterns of educational organization and new means of focusing on vocational or career education in Appalachia. The greatest pupil need in the cognitive-psychomotor area related to reading skills; the most critical need in the affective area was positive change in attitudes, including self-concept, regional perceptions, and career concepts. Improved educational leadership was identified as the most acute system need. A description of the procedures used and the study results are presented in this report, along with 8 appendices (55-pages) and a 22-page bibliography. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agencies, Citations (References), Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Feasibility Studies, Material Development, Planning, Rural Education, State Departments of Education, Student Needs, Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.