ERIC Number: ED199002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Meeting Educational Needs in Rural Communities Confronting Rapid Growth.
Morris, Lynne Clemmons; Morris, Judson Henry, Jr.
A strategy to assist in community development can help rural schools in rapidly growing areas meet the changing educational needs of their communities. Such a strategy should include gathering information about anticipated changes in the size and composition of the school population in order to plan for adequate staff and facilities. Planning for growth should also involve the consideration of service arrangements which best serve the community's needs, especially as community members begin to respond to four major growth-related changes: superinflation, service demands in excess of service capabilities, change in socio-cultural structure, and increased people problems, such as oldtimer-newcomer conflicts. Schools can be a logical catalyst for initiating important service arrangements such as consultation with mental health and social service agencies. Schools can also help foster the formation of formal interagency networks which in turn support community development as a whole. As rapid growth occurs in the rural community, schools can provide leadership and decision making simulations to improve the community's ability to respond to growth-related change. Rural schools can build around the unique educational needs of different age groups, including adults and the elderly, to address the educational needs of the entire community. (SB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Planning, Community Problems, Community Services, Consultation Programs, Coordination, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Games, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Role, Simulation, Urban to Rural Migration
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Box 3AP, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003 ($7.55 ea., discounts on 20 or more).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.