ERIC Number: ED201459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education and Rural Youth.
Downey, Ronald G.
Small rural social systems tend to have great impact on the social behavior and performance of rural youth in higher education. The issue is the degree to which rural youth from a social environment requiring active and continuous social involvement can exist in a larger social system which may require more passive and observational modes of social interaction. Evidence suggests that they can cope successfully. Generally, youth from smaller schools (versus larger schools) tend to think their work is more important, take broader roles, have greater skills in social communication, have a greater sense of group cohesiveness, and find their work more meaningful. However, rural youth have limited occupational role models; consequently, they have limited views of occupational opportunities and tend to select from familiar areas. The general socio-economic level of a student's family is a minor contributor to his chances of remaining in college. The higher the educational level of his parents, the more likely he is to persist in college. Within a single institution, few (if any) differences exist between students from rural versus metropolitan areas in terms of academic performance or persistence. However, rural youth may enter college slightly less prepared by their high school background. (CM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kansas State University Rural and Small School Conference (2nd, Manhattan, KS, November 9-11, 1980).