ERIC Number: ED216819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Quality in the Absence of Quantity: Education in Sparsely Populated Areas of Developed Countries.
A 1976-78 Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, Centre of Educational Research and Innovation, Sparsely-Populated Areas project produced 14 case studies from 11 member countries. Fifteen basic conclusions of international relevance were identified. Conclusions were as follows: there is no single definition of rural or sparsely populated areas; primary basic education is no longer a problem; secondary education continues to be a major problem; effective quality of educational opportunity often does not exist; teacher training and support mechanisms have been improved; ability to attract and retain competent teachers can only partially be influenced by policy makers; reforms which serve urban schools often have negative effects in rural schools; and student achievement in rural schools does not appear much below that of urban student achievement. Additionally, the cost of delivery of services in sparsely populated areas is high; rural schools have reduced their economic burden through strategies uniquely suited to rural areas; rural education sector remains a major constituency within member countries; improvement in rural education will occur in the absence of explicit government policies/assistance; innovations in content and delivery services are necessary and feasible; and research, data collection, and information dissemination about rural education must be improved. (AH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Developed Nations, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Research Needs, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Teachers
Not available separately; see RC 013 370.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Research on Rural Education, Nedlands (Western Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; Finland; France; Iceland; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; Sparsely Populated Areas Project; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference "New Directions in Rural Education" (Perth, Western Australia, November 1979).