ERIC Number: ED245087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Innovative Models of Community Education Programs in Rural Areas.
Sumner, Jack A.
Community education programs in rural areas come up against a different set of problems than their counterparts in urban areas. These problems seem to cluster into three categories: communication, the "so what phenomenon," and the form or substance of the idea. Observations of programs in South Dakota suggest that some characteristics cut across successful models. Most of the successful programs have one of these factors or features: program leadership, program security, and support or "innovations" networks. One of the programs has combined the programming efforts of the parks and recreation department into the school-based community education program, and this administrative configuration has provided a basis for seeking and getting financial support from other sources. Another program demonstrates the ways in which a director can work to involve the full spectrum of the community through the program. A third program is working to change the community's perception of itself as a resource through educational programs. The benefits and rewards for innovations and innovative practices provide sufficient motivation of staff and personnel that, in turn, generates more ideas and innovations. (Questions and answers are included. A listing of four innovative programs is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on the Ontario Community Education Association (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, May 16, 1984).