ERIC Number: ED493383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Education: Promoting the Economic & Social Vitality of Rural America
Beaulieu, Lionel J., Ed.; Gibbs, Robert, Ed.
Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State University
Today's rural leaders are becoming increasingly attuned to the fact that high achieving schools and related human capital investment strategies are key ingredients in the promotion of sustainable development at the local level. Serious challenges often await rural areas that seek to pursue such efforts. As a case in point, if rural schools are successful in producing well-educated students, they run the risk of accelerating the exodus of talented youth to the larger cities that offer higher salaries and other important amenities. Certainly, rural areas can attempt to retain these talented individuals by expanding the availability of better paying, higher quality jobs in the locality. But, in far too many rural places, the necessary infrastructure and fiscal resources needed to create or attract such jobs are simply limited. In an effort to further expand the knowledge base regarding the connections between rural education and local community well-being, the USDA's Economic Research Service and the Southern Rural Development Center (in partnership with the Rural School and Community Trust) hosted a two-day workshop in Spring 2003. A distinguished group of social scientists, along with practitioners and policy-analysts, delivered and discussed current research being undertaken on a variety of rural education and economic development-related subjects. Nine of the research articles, presented over the course of this two-day symposium, are highlighted in this important report. Every article, either directly or indirectly, grapples with the rural education and community/economic connection. For sake of simplicity, the articles are divided into three thematic topics: (1) Education, Human Capital and the Local Economy; (2) Links between Rural Schools and Communities; and (3) Creating Successful Rural Schools and Students. (Individual papers contain references.)
Descriptors: Role of Education, Skilled Workers, Sustainable Development, Talent, Rural Schools, Community Development, Academically Gifted, Rural Education, Rural Areas, Economic Research, Social Scientists, Human Capital, Brain Drain
Southern Rural Development Center. Box 9656, 410 Bost Extension Bldg., Mississippi State, MS 39762. Tel: 662-325-3207; Fax: 662-325-8915; Web site: http://srdc.msstate.edu.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.; Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.