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ERIC Number: ED138393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan-18
Reference Count: 0
NFIRE Survey of Rural Education Needs.
Tabulated results of a 1976 National Federation for the Improvement of Rural Education (NFIRE) survey soliciting 140 opinions (a 43% return on 322 survey forms) re: rural education priorities are presented in this paper. These results include the total number of persons responding to each item and the resultant ranking of all items in the survey. Clustering into six groups, the grouping of survey items of highest concern is presented as follows: limited course offerings for students, especially at the secondary level; lack of financial support programs aimed at alleviating problems in remote rural areas; limited number of special services (e.g., music, library, special education, etc.) due to small enrollments and high costs; the need to find new ways to encourage citizen participation, strengthened problem solving and decision making skills, interagency communication and collaboration; recognition on the part of Equal Education Opportunity (EEO) agencies that geographic isolation and smallness inhibit EEO for rural students. Survey items rated high (75-78%) are presented as follows: the high cost of education for rural students, especially when enrollments are spread over a large geographic area; the small budgets available to meet local needs; and the limited inservice training opportunities for rural teachers and administrators. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Federation for the Improvement of Rural Education.