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ERIC Number: ED373934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-8
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Advantages of Small Rural Schools. Final Report to the Idaho Rural School Association.
Kearney, James M.
This report examines the results and conclusions of recent research on small and rural schools, and attempts to frame current debates over educational adequacy and financial equity in Idaho's rural school districts. Section I reports findings of recent research on school size and emphasizes the benefits of (typically rural) small schools. Most research focuses on effects of secondary school size in terms of curriculum offerings, student involvement and attitudes, interpersonal relations, administration, and student achievement. Section II describes the characteristics of rural education, emphasizing that community involvement and close interpersonal relations among teachers, parents, students, and administrators may offset financial and enrollment limitations. Section III analyzes data from Idaho high schools. Results do not show the large deficits in rural education that many expect. Mean differences in achievement were not evident between schools of various sizes. Section IV briefly describes the ongoing movement toward school consolidation and addresses common arguments in favor of school consolidation in the context of rural schools and education reform efforts. Appendices contain statistical data and raw data from Idaho high schools. Contains 56 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Idaho