ERIC Number: ED329402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Education in Iowa: A Collection of Papers [from the Invitational Rural Education Conference (Cedar Falls, IA, April 7-9, 1989)]. Monograph Series, Volume I, Number 1.
Jackson, Dale R., Ed.
This volume contains short papers and commentaries from a conference on rural education in Iowa. Prefatory notes compare the characteristics of Iowa rural students and rural schools to those of the North Central states in general, and discuss two rural education issues repeatedly identified at the conference--equity of educational opportunities and efficiency of rural school operations. Overall, conference participants suggest that equity and efficiency issues are best addressed through continued innovation in the areas of funding for rural districts, collaboration among rural educators, and coordinated application of technology to rural education. Section I, the keynote address, discusses "Urban Chauvinism and Rural Values." Other sections discuss: (1) school size and curriculum diversity in Iowa, new state curriculum standards, and improving quality and equity of curriculum delivery through whole-grade sharing, interactive television, and magnet vocational schools; (2) school effectiveness in the rural community setting, inherent advantages of small community schools, the importance of the school to its community, and the ongoing threat of school closings and school district reorganization; (3) the Iowa state funding formula, and equity, quality, and efficiency with respect to rural schools; (4) student needs and how rural education can meet them; (5) ways of redesigning Iowa rural schools--sharing, restructuring, and consolidating; (6) elements of effective staff development in rural schools; and (7) planning and implementing technology applications in rural education in Iowa. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Coll. of Education.; North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.
Identifiers: Iowa; Small School Districts