ERIC Number: ED234942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Identification of Skills and Characteristics Needed by Country School Teachers. Education Reports.
A questionnaire survey of rural school teachers (225) and principals (40) attempted to identify skills and characteristics which teachers need to be successful in rural schools; interviews of 32 teachers in 13 rural schools and of 27 rural school trustees were also conducted. Recent literature on training of teachers for rural schools was reviewed. Questions to be investigated were principals' ideas of the main advantages, disadvantages and concerns of teaching in rural schools; teachers' perceptions of needs for pre-service and in-service training and of unique characteristics of British Columbia rural schools; and characteristics necessary for successful rural school teachers. Principals agreed that advantages of rural schools were to know students well, belong to a rural community, and have opportunities to individualize instruction. Teachers felt close cooperation was essential; counted community involvement as a satisfier; and agreed that communities expected to be involved in the school. Disadvantages of rural teaching agreed upon by principals and teachers were isolation and lack of privacy. Principals, teachers, and trustees felt that student teachers training for rural schools should be adaptable, tactful and self-reliant; like the isolation of rural areas; experience rural community living; and be trained in planning their materials, teaching specialist courses, and handling multigrade classes. Survey instruments are appended. (MH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Preservice Teacher Education, Principals, Questionnaires, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Student Teacher Relationship, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Morale, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Trustees
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia
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