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ERIC Number: ED085273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 14
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Human Ecology: A Means of Environmental and Demographic Analysis in Educational Research.
Olson, John Alden
The purpose of the study was to provide an ecological-demographic analysis of a suburban elementary school attendance area by examining the sociocultural elements within the spatially delimited boundaries. The area, though beyond the limits of the incorporated city, was part of the urban school district which transcended the political boundaries of the city to include its non-incorporated suburban areas. The framework of the study was built upon the four fundamental elements of human ecology: population, technology, environment, and organization. Residents were surveyed to determine age, mobility, and career stability. Local business men, land developers, and county planning officers, were interviewed; land use patterns within the area were analyzed. The study established that there was no definable neighborhood: the attendance area was an artificial construct used to delimit the elementary school population. The research methodology provided information from which school administrators and district policy makers could estimate growth patterns, financial support for educational programs within the area, and the effect that these factors could have upon school programs. (MB)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April, 1972