ERIC Number: ED233832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Progress Report of the Tasmanian Education and Local Development Project.
As part of Australia's Education and Local Development project, Tasmanian researchers investigated whether the upgrading of district schools to district high schools had contributed to the social, economic, and cultural development of the local areas. For three selected areas (Glenora, Sheffield, and Ouse), researchers gathered financial and enrollment data and interviewed administrators, staff, community leaders, and parents. In all cases, a marked increase in the importance of the secondary section of the schools accompanied the upgrading. Million-dollar, multi-stage physical improvement programs were either in place or projected for each school. All three schools, especially Glenora, showed solid staffing gains since the upgrading and teachers were more highly qualified. Sheffield interviewees agreed that the upgrading was of definite economic importance to the area, noting that the school newspaper made a cultural contribution and that school events offered social opportunities. Ouse interviewees noted some economic benefits to traders but few cultural or social benefits. However, the community utilized the school's new sport facilities. Probably because the Glenora school serves a dispersed area, interviewees there cited fewer economic, social, and cultural influences from the upgrading. Opinion of the educational quality in all three schools was mixed. (SB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Community Leaders, Construction Programs, Cultural Context, Economic Development, Educational Development, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment, Facility Improvement, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Physical Education Facilities, Principals, Rural Development, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmanian Education Dept., Hobart (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Tasmania); Education and Local Development Project
Note: Paper presented at the National Education and Local Development Seminar (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August 7-8, 1982).