ERIC Number: ED238645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Selected Characteristics and Perceptions of Rural School Teachers, Administrators and School Board Members.
Amodeo, Luiza B.; And Others
A review of partial results of a survey of 265 rural schools in the North Central Association's 9 westernmost states revealed interesting trends in the characteristics of rural school personnel. Among the 192 teachers, 43 principals, and 46 school board members responding to the survey, women held fewer leadership positions than men, who held 91% of the principalships and 89% of the school board positions. Because only about 20% of the respondents represented ethnic minorities, the respondents' ethnic ratios did not match those of the broader population of the United States. Responding teachers tended to remain in the same school to a much greater degree than principals, who had generally attained a higher level of education. Nearly 80% of the principals and teachers had no specific preparation for rural teaching and, contrary to other recent research, 41% felt such preparation was not appropriate. Respondents revealed a general satisfaction with the quality of their educational programs although principals were more dissatisfied than teachers with inservice programs and all were somewhat dissatisfied with guidance and counseling services. Elementary teachers had more extracurricular responsibilities than secondary teachers, who often taught more than two disciplines and produced several different class preparations daily. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, American Indians, Boards of Education, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Educational Environment, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Status, Individual Characteristics, Perception, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Rural Schools, Social Support Groups, State Surveys, Teacher Education, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (West)
Note: Paper presented at the joint Annual Rural and Small Schools Conference (Fourth) and Kansas Community Education Association Conference (Manhattan, KS, November 15-16, 1982).