ERIC Number: ED216821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrolments--Implications for Rural Schools: A Case Study from South Australia.
Edwards, Glen P.
A case study dealing with problems arising from the steady decline in enrolments in South Australia since World War II provides comparative statistical tables on, and a discussion of, these problems. The problems addressed are: number of students enrolled; number of teachers; expenditure on education; teacher loss rate by primary and secondary level; age profile of teachers; promotion opportunities for principals (primary and secondary) and senior masters (maths/sciences); and number of applicants for permanent teaching positions. Resources available to students, namely, teachers, physical facilities, and school curricula are examined in relation to declining enrolments. Declining enrolments are seen as posing societal problems, such as youth unemployment, as well as school problems, which will be a significant challenge to schooling systems. Recommendations emphasize the necessity of parents, communities, schools, and teachers to work toward broadly based solutions. (AH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Consolidated Schools, Curriculum Problems, Declining Enrollment, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Foreign Countries, Problems, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Statistics, Tables (Data), Teachers, Youth Employment
Not available separately; see RC 013 370.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Research on Rural Education, Nedlands (Western Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia); Isolation (Geographic)
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference "New Directions in Rural Education" (Perth, Western Australia, November 1979).