ERIC Number: ED167318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Imaginary Gardens? Real Problems: An Analysis of Federal Information Sources on Rural Education.
Parks, Gail; Sher, Jonathan P.
Comprehension of the current condition of rural education is essential to national education policy and program considerations, yet rural schools go unnoticed at the federal level because of a paucity of national rural data. The changing nature of rural population, the national mandate for equal educational opportunity, and the need for a timely concept of rural development are all justifications for an expanded rural education data base. The data base should include information on student populations, the schools and school staff characteristics, and educational finance. This information should be gathered via: periodic studies of the status of rural education at the local, regional, and national level; analytic synthesis of work on many topics affecting rural students; and the routine inclusion of rural schools and students in all major congressionally mandated studies. Descriptions of 12 federal information sources--such as the Departments of HEW, Labor, and Agriculture, the Bureau of the Census, and the General Accounting Office--stress the particular strengths and weaknesses of those sources and emphasize that no one governmental source has all the information on rural education. The agency descriptions serve much as an annotated bibliography for the information seeker. Recommendations include providing for systematic collection of rural data, merging of agency data, and creating a National Center for Rural Education Studies. (SB)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Cultural Differences, Databases, Educational Finance, Federal Government, Government School Relationship, Information Needs, Information Sources, Migration Patterns, Population Trends, Rural Economics, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78702 (EC-076; $6.00)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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.