ERIC Number: ED230320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Attempting to Develop a Program Response to the Needs of Those Preparing to Teach in Rural/Small Schools.
Horn, Jerry G.
In an effort to draw together a program response to needs of those preparing to teach in rural/small schools, a review of literature is provided, which concludes with an indepth look at a 1982 research project conducted on the topic. It investigates how important some 45 areas of college studies are to success in current teaching assignments of 162 Kansas teachers who are recent college graduates. A summary of responses indicates differences in degrees of emphasis, rather than a completely different set of qualifications needed for successful teaching in rural schools. The response to problems appearing in the literature review includes a suggestion that undergraduate programs provide a wide range of study and experiences, including those applicable to rural/small schools. Based on studies and recommendations set forth, 18 specific areas to be emphasized in education programs are identified, including that pre-service secondary education students are strongly advised to prepare to teach in at least 2 subject areas. Although total rural education programs are impractical, it is suggested: that early experience in the field and longer student teaching periods (a minimum of 12 weeks) are valuable; that undergraduate programs should include rural/small school preparation; and that inservice/continuing professional development courses be offered to current teachers. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).