ERIC Number: ED115408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Strengthening the Small Rural School.
Edington, Everett D.
Since small school problems are magnified in rural areas and since small rural schools have suffered, consequently, from the consolidation syndrome, it is important to acknowledge the fact that due to geographical limitations some rural areas cannot consolidate and others simply prefer the small school environment. It should also be recognized that there are both strengths and weaknesses inherent in the small rural school. Weaknesses attributable to small rural schools include: (1) poor organizational structures; (2) difficulties in the recruitment and retention of quality personnel; (3) inadequate facilities; (4) curriculum deficiences; (5) inadequate financial support. Strengths attributable to the small rural school include: (1) an homogeneous sociocultural background; (2) the potential for close-knit educational organization; (3) close student/teacher relationships; (4) community involvement; and (5) a classroom environment conducive to innovative techniques. While the problems of finance must be met at the local, State, and Federal levels, solutions to many of the problems of the small rural school can probably best be found by coupling inherent strengths with innovative educational practices which encompass use of: the intermediate unit; the shared services concept; media and technology; mobile units; and in-service programs. (Author/JC)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Curriculum, Educational Facilities, Faculty Recruitment, Financial Support, Organization, Problems, Rural Schools, Small Schools, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Teacher Relationship
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78702 (Stock No. EC-031; $3.00)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.