ERIC Number: ED188798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Rural Minority Education and the "Rural Education Movement": Where Do They Stand?
Parks, Gail Armstrong
Despite the current attention directed at rural education, rural minority youth may be in some danger of becoming invisible. A lack of specific and detailed knowledge of minority conditions and potential opportunities at regional, sub-regional, state, and local levels has inhibited the development of sound programs and policies for the redress of educational and other social ills of rural minority youth. While nationally comprising only 11% of the total rural youth under 25 years of age in 1970, minority populations were very substantial in certain geographic areas. In the South, 21% of rural youth were Black; and in the West, 12 1/2% were Hispanic and 5% were American Indian. Rural educators and rural education researchers should begin to focus attention on rural minorities and encourage minority participation in such endeavors. National policies should take into account the special rural conditions of: an undifferentiated economic structure, a limited number of institutions, a small or sparse population, and the fact of rural isolation. Incentives should be provided to encourage rural private-public sector collaboration. Intensive field experience in isolated rural schools should be provided by teacher education programs. Funding must be provided to disseminate information to rural communities. (NEC)
Descriptors: Correlation, Differences, Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Employment, Equalization Aid, Federal Government, Government Role, Information Dissemination, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Regional Characteristics, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Youth, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Priorities; Rural Education Movement
Note: Paper presented at the annual American Education Research Association meeting (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).