ERIC Number: ED151113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-10
Reference Count: 0
A Research Agenda for Rural Education: Information Needs and Necessary Initiatives. Mini-Report No. 1 of Evaluation and Documentation of Experimental Schools Program for Small Schools Serving Rural Areas.
Fitzsimmons, Stephen J.; And Others
In an effort to identify and prioritize critical issues in rural education, three groups were surveyed: policy makers (N=10 national, 7 state, and 4 local); practitioners (limited to 48 school superintendents from districts randomly drawn by region, with no more than 2 to a given state); and trainers (N=48 trainers with 16 in each of the categories of pre-service trainers, administrative consultants to school districts, and in-service trainers). Results indicated some differing concerns and information needs among the respondents surveyed. All groups wanted to learn how to deal with limited resources; interest in personnel was high across all groups; reorganization, consolidation, and cooperation concerns were highest among policy makers; strong interest was expressed among all groups for curriculum, teaching materials, basic and vocational education, and services; policy makers were moderately interested in student motivation, and there was division in the areas of education for community participation vs education for cosmopolitanism; practitioners were especially interested in obtaining community approval of educational expenditures and policy makers and practitioners were more concerned about parental involvement than were trainers; practitioners were interested in innovative techniques only when applicable to rural restrictions; and policy makers were interested in local power structures. (JC)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Community Resources, Consolidated Schools, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Information Needs, Inservice Teacher Education, National Surveys, Parent Participation, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Rural Education, Small Schools, Superintendents, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.