ERIC Number: ED237283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Building School-Community Relationships in Northern Communities: A Sourcebook of Policy Alternatives and Recommendations.
Ingram, E. J.; McIntosh, R. G.
The 3-part companion volume to the final report of the Education North Evaluation Project serves as a policy development resource book for anyone who must address questions of school-community relations. Part I focuses on the educational issues of concern to policy makers and their advisors in very remote, interracial, poor northern communities. Those issues fall into five categories: social (population explosion, housing, apathy, health), cultural (multiculturalism, prejudice), economic (resource development, seasonal employment), educational (purposes, priorities, community control), and political (distrust of government agencies, community organization and involvement, native movements). Part II presents seven strategic alternatives for use by senior level government to set the stage for the local improvement of the quality of school-community relationships. The strategies (local education society, community school, local control, curriculum development resource center, consulting and facilitating, community development and adult education) are explained along with their strengths and weaknesses. Illustrations of their use are included. Part III is an attempt to develop a contingency framework for selecting an appropriate strategy by assessing the community's leadership ability, maturity, and readiness for participation based on situational leadership theory. The volume also includes guidelines for developing an ongoing project similar to Education North. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Canada Natives, Community Characteristics, Community Involvement, Educational Improvement, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Leadership Styles, Local Issues, Models, Multicultural Education, Place Based Education, Policy Formation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Urban to Rural Migration
Publication Type: Guides - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning Services Branch.
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Dept. of Educational Administration.
Identifiers: Alberta; Education North Project; Isolation (Geographic); Sense of Community
Note: For related documents, see ED 230 342 (the final report) and ED 234 941.