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ERIC Number: ED216819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Quality in the Absence of Quantity: Education in Sparsely Populated Areas of Developed Countries.
Maxwell, Cy
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)
Not available separately; see RC 013 370.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: 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).