ERIC Number: ED099159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of the Alleged Strengths and Weaknesses of the Small School.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
The first step toward the renaissance of the small school must be the determination of its inherent strengths and the identification of its structural weaknesses. Steps can then be taken to build program and procedures on those strengths, while at the same time devising expedients to reduce if not eliminate the weaknesses. However, it should be recognized that many of the strengths of small schools can prove to be deterrents to effective education unless they are capitalized on creatively. The Committee on Small Schools delineated 24 of the major advantages and 18 disadvantages of smallness in schools. Strengths include: (1) close working relationships subsist between the faculty and the administration; (2) bureaucratic overload--red tape, intricate regulations--is not so prevalent in small schools as in large; and (3) there is a greater sense of community felt by everyone in the school. Among the weaknesses are: (1) a quality small school program requires a relatively high per student expenditure; (2) the small school's enrollment makes it difficult to offer a broad and variegated curriculum; and (3) there is a paucity in the small school of varying and contrasting psychological environments for its students. Eight general approaches which seem "unusually" promising to program improvement in small schools are also given. Among these are: (1) the school must seek to build a positive attitude among teachers, pupils, and parents; and (2) the small school must capitalize on its small classes and close relationships in order to further individualize instruction. (NQ)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational Problems, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Organization, Program Effectiveness, Small Schools
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
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