ERIC Number: ED118332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Perception of Change in Rural Communities. A Research Project in Rural Education, 1973-1976.
Johnson, Elyot W.
Perceptions of social change in American society and education were examined via an attitude survey (22 demographic questions and 73 opinion statements) administered to the entire population of 5 Northern California rural high schools (n=1,288); all English classes in 2 Sacramento schools (n=1,384); and rural adults (n=258). Structured interviews were given to a cross section of students and adults (categories defined by the interviewers and selection made by school administrators). Among the items examined were: (1) Impact of Change (pace, quality, and pscyhological impact; traditional values; science and technology; family life); (2) City/Country Contrasts (freedom from serious social problems; the cautious approach; youth opportunities); (3) Change in American Education (pace; leadership; controversial issues; facilities; curriculum; teaching methods; lifelong learning). Results indicated: (1) the pace of change is perceived as damaging to traditional American values, particularly among rural adults; (2) there is widespread fear that city migrants and recreational or corporate developments will destroy rural life; (3) there is uncertainty and disagreement about the proper role of the schools in the future; (4) pride, resentment, uncertainty, anger, fear, and hope all seem to characterize rural attitudes about a changing society. (JCl
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Chico. School of Education.; Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: California