ERIC Number: ED229205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Applications of Electronic Technologies to Rural Education.
Fletcher, Jerry L.
The paper seeks to find a way to make rural education the focus of special efforts to develop electronic technologies, and to use rural schools as the developmental sites for configurations of technology that have broad and general utility. The first section suggests that smallness is an asset to rural education, for education in small units is more humane, more time is spent on-task, and violence and discipline problems diminish. Administratively, special school programs can be provided to meet the needs of special learners, some schools can emphasize basics, and others, creative skills, etc. The next section deals with the myth that persists that the education provided in rural areas is poor, and that smallness is one of the main handicaps which leads to high costs, the low quality of existing instruction, the limited range of available programs, and the inability to provide special services to special populations. Additional sections cover questions concerning electronic technologies (can electronic technologies reduce costs? can electronic technologies improve the limited range of available programs in small schools? can electronic technologies provide special services to special populations?) and a conclusion. (AH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Manifest Learning Systems, Inc., Tiburon, CA.
Identifiers: Isolation (Geographic)
Note: Developed as part of the background material for a Workshop on Telecommunications in the Service of Rural Education (Washington, DC, July 8-9, 1980). For related documents, see RC 014 018-021.