ERIC Number: ED198399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Policy Study of Vocational and Adult Education in Rural Areas.
Mertens, Donna M.
This study of the vocational and adult education system in isolated rural areas was designed to provide information that is necessary for the development of policy for vocational and adult education in isolated rural areas. The study consisted of a review of literature; unstructured interviews with representatives of the business, civic, and educational sectors of rural areas; a review of pertinent legislation; and an examination of exemplary programs. The perceptions of the people who have the responsibility for providing vocational and adult education in the twenty isolated rural areas form the basis of the results. An overwhelming consensus was found concerning the lack of jobs in these rural areas. Lack of funding tied with lack of jobs was the most frequently mentioned problem. Most of the schools and public services agencies cover large service areas, meaning their clients must travel long distances on poor or nonexistent roads, with no public transportation available. A wide range of problems were categorized as administrative programming, including limited populations, unavailability of qualified teachers, lack of guidance services, administrative burdens, and lack of services for adults. (A list of policy implications resulting from the study is appended.) (LRA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981). For a related document see CE 028 129.