ERIC Number: ED345897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
Redefining "Higher Education" through the Appalachian Teachers' Network.
The term "higher education" should be redefined to give all grade levels and subjects equal educational value. This effort should involve the Appalachian Teachers' Network, which consists of a group of teachers from all grade levels working to make Appalachian Studies an integral part of education. At Radford University (Virginia) the Appalachian Studies Program has benefitted both students and professors in helping them realize the value of their heritage. Because public schools need this type of program, the Appalachian Teachers' Network was formed. The network began with a 10-teacher advisory committee to guide the use of Appalachian Studies in member's schools. A conference successfully brought together 62 teachers from southwestern Virginia to share information about the region and to discuss how to use this knowledge in teaching. Sessions were led by public school teachers and humanities scholars from area colleges and universities. Topics included local history, community as teacher, organizing a festival, and Appalachian literature and dialect studies. The second project, a newsletter planned for publication in January 1992, would help teachers to share information. The next conference will: (1) devote an equal amount of time to a scholar's discussion of a topic and to a practitioner's explanation of the topic; and (2) divide participants into grade-level groups for end-of-the-day sharing sessions. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachian Teachers Network; Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Appalachian Studies Conference (Berea, KY, March 22-24, 1991).