ERIC Number: ED226909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Rural Education: In Search of a Better Way.
Nachtigal, Paul M., Ed.
The close-knit, personal nature of small rural communities results in school and community operating as a single integrated social structure. Useful rural school improvement strategies must, therefore, address needs that are recognized by both the local school and the community and must operate in a style congruent with the local setting. Although outside ideas and resources may contribute greatly to successful plans to improve rural schools, a high level of local involvement is essential to determining the specifics of those plans. This is clearly demonstrated by the thirteen case studies presented in this book, in which the strategies that have been effective over time in resolving rural school problems are distinguished by a high degree of local participation. The cases--chosen to provide good examples of particular strategies and also to represent the diversity that characterizes rural America--cover centrally designed, heavily funded programs as well as small-scale, locally initiated efforts in such areas as teacher training, the introduction of new curricula, and community participation in education decision making and political action. The final chapters analyze the case studies in practical terms and recommend policy and practice for future rural school improvement. (Author)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Support, Education Service Centers, Educational Innovation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, National Surveys, Private Financial Support, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Teacher Centers
Westview Press, Inc., 5500 Central Ave., Boulder, CO. 80301 ($30.00 cloth, $12.00 paper copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
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Identifiers: Cultural Journalism; Experimental Schools Program; Leadership Development Program; National Diffusion Network; New School of Behavior Studies in Educ Program; People United for Rural Education; Rural Futures Development Program; Teacher Corps; Urban Rural Program