ERIC Number: ED187508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
America's Small Schools.
Schneider, Barbara L.
Dissatisfaction with the quality of education in large elementary and secondary schools has been one of the factors leading to rediscovery of the small school in America. The question is whether small schools are truly better places for educating elementary and secondary students. Although often viewed as being essentially rural in nature, small schools are found in metropolitan areas as well and may include religious schools, prep schools, American Indian schools, and alternative schools. Student enrollment, geographical location, organizational type and funding sources are all factors that must be considered in the study of small schools and their effectiveness. Small schools are often accused of being less efficient than large schools due to their inability to: make quantity purchases, distribute administrative costs, and provide specialized programs. However, a number of studies indicate the following benefits: (1) small school size has a positive influence on student achievement; (2) students of small schools assume more responsible and important positions within a wider range of activities than do their large school counterparts; and (3) there is greater opportunity for interaction, communication, and individual attention afforded small school students and teachers. (DS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Enrichment, Differences, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Financial Support, Nontraditional Education, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Rural Schools, School Size, Small Schools, Student Teacher Relationship
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78702 ($6.00, Stock No. EC-085)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
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.