ERIC Number: ED084076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Social and Economic Indicators of Rural Development from a Sociological Viewpoint. A Suggested Empirical Approach.
Wilcox, Leslie D.; And Others
An empirical approach to the development of a system of social indicators was suggested in this paper. The paper also suggested research developed around a more inductive approach to social indicator research with 3 methodological phases representing increasing levels of methodological sophistication. The first steps attempted to conceptualize social indicators that reflect the human meaning of societal change and development by examination of the life experience of nonmetropolitan people. Second, attempts were made to work inductively toward the macro-level, by combining these empirical indicators into more abstract indicators that provide multidimensional profiles of individuals and subgroups. Third, attempts were made to develop relational models of community systems and to draw causal inferences by the use of controlled indicators designed to measure the social effects of major demographic changes as one strategic force in societal change. (Author/PS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station, Ames.
Note: Paper presented at the Association of Southern Agricultural Workers Conference, Richmond, Virginia, February 1972