ERIC Number: ED196635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Improving Education in Rural America: Past Efforts, Future Opportunities. Accepting Rural Reality: An Agenda for the Future Improvement of Rural Education.
Data analyses from 14 case studies of American rural communities reveal specific diversities and differences from typical urban areas, and suggest that rural schools and rural areas are one integrated social structure, which implies that one cannot intervene in one without impacting on the other. Implications from this hypothesis indicate that public policy must take a holistic view of rural schools and rural communities as one unitary social system, and form the basis for a recommended agenda for rural school improvement in three categories: (1) broadening the data base on rural America/rural schools; (2) examining the forces intervening on rural communities/rural education which shape its present operation; and (3) creating a development capacity within rural education. Creating improved procedures for rural schooling, through redefinition of the needs, processes, and possibilities of quality education for rural students, necessitates the development of a more differentiated and flexible public policy, and places the responsibility for implementation of the new procedures on the combined efforts of those working in rural education and those who live in rural communities. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For related documents, see ED 192 994 and RC 012 480.