ERIC Number: ED099158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Small School: Returning to the Human Dimension. A Report on the Small Schools Project of the Committee on Small Schools. Occasional Paper No. 2.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
Although some genuine problems and disadvantages exist in small schools, educators have begun to rediscover the inherent strengths and values in schools small enough to fit the human dimensions of the child and youth. In the early 1970's, the North Central Association (NCA) Commission on Schools was pressured for recognition of the small school's plight, and formed a Committee on Small Schools to assist these schools to become better quality schools by building on their strengths and attenuating their weaknesses. The committee then undertook the Small Schools Project to: identify the strengths and evident weaknesses which smallness brings in its wake; commission a survey of the literature relative to these strengths and weaknesses; and conduct an inventory of all NCA small schools (schools with 300 or fewer students in grades 9-12) to determine the extent to which certain effective practices used by small schools are in effect in NCA small schools. The three papers discuss the results of the Small Schools Project: "An Overview of the Alleged Strengths and Weaknesses of the Small School"; "An Annotated Survey of the Literature on Small Schools"; and "An Inventory of Effective Practices in Small Schools: A School Locator Service." A copy of the form "An Inventory of Effective Practices in Small Schools" and its cover letter are appended. (NQ)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Problems, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Literature Reviews, Organization, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Small Schools
Executive Secretary of the Committee on Small Schools, 5454 South Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60615 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
Note: For related documents, see RC 008 223-225