ERIC Number: ED200382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
An Emerging Model in Rural America. Community Based Education, Paper Number Four.
Young, Ken M.
A community-based education program enables rural communities to meet needs and solve problems by utilizing the total community environment and its human resources. Components of this program are: (1) expanded use of school facilities; (2) lifelong learning and enrichment programs; (3) interagency coordination, cooperation, and collaboration; (4) citizen involvement and participation; (5) utilization of community in K-12 programs; and (6) community organization and development. Many communities begin a community-based education program by using school buildings as community-centered schools for educational, social, and community events. The school, community groups, and individuals share responsibility for development of lifelong learning and enrichment programs. Coordinated activities of service and governmental agencies and social, youth, and civic groups can produce a total program to meet community needs. Citizens participate through a community council which takes an active role in developing and implementing all aspects of the community-based education program. Through integration of solutions to home, school, and community needs, the program strengthens and reinforces learning experiences and provides a means of reinforcing values, beliefs, and attitudes. Finally, community members can exert their collective power to bring about needed changes. A general comparison of school-based and community-based educational philosophies is included. (CM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Citizen Participation, Community Development, Community Education, Community Education, Community Involvement, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Lifelong Learning, Models, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.