ERIC Number: ED343747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-11
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A Study of Swiss Village Education.
Carlson, Robert V.
This case study focused on the educational effectiveness and economic efficiency of village education in the Baselland Kanton in Switzerland. Information was gathered through personal interviews with administrators and teachers, and observations in six schools. Some of the findings of the study were: (1) the administrative structure consists of a central office (with a chief administrator, general administrators, and school inspectors), local principals, and local school boards for primary schools; (2) financial support comes from taxes on personal wealth; (3) there is a strong belief in the benefits of small organizations and community schools; (4) at the primary level classes are heterogeneously organized by grade level, but at the secondary level students are assigned to three ability tracks; (5) teachers and administrators perceive little social tension between the tracks; (6) homework is assigned in all grades; (7) teachers appear to have a good rapport with students and a high tolerance for noise; (8) teachers generally speak positively of working in small village schools; and (9) teachers enjoy a high status because of high academic standards for admission to teacher training. Although the Swiss are fairly content with their present educational system, recent world events may affect the wealth of Switzerland and require modifications in the educational system. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (Jackson, MS, October 10-15, 1991).