ERIC Number: ED390616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Nature of Educational Disadvantage in Country Schools: A South Australian Perspective.
This paper identifies differences in educational outcomes for rural students in South Australia compared to their metropolitan peers. This information was compiled by a task force whose aim was to develop an action plan to achieve equality of educational opportunities for rural students. Available information suggests that students in country schools generally do less well than their metropolitan peers or than the student population as a whole. Teachers, parents, and students cite restricted access to educational and other services as the major detriment experienced by students in country schools. In addition, rural students spend less time studying languages other than English, music, drama, or dance, and more time studying agriculture, computing/keyboarding, health, or home economics, when compared to students in metropolitan schools. Other findings include: marked differences in curriculum provision between country and metropolitan secondary schools; discrepancies in dropout rates of students living in the country when compared to metropolitan students; rural-urban differences in achievement scores in math, physics, and chemistry; and lower participation rates of rural students in postsecondary education and training. These findings represent preliminary information, and more research is needed concerning participation, achievement, and retention to provide a basis for informed decision making. Additional rural issues that were raised by principals, teachers, and support staff include staffing, interagency support, and changing employment opportunities. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Distance Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Environment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, School Holding Power
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia)
Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.