ERIC Number: ED204043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
A Portrait of Rural America: Conditions Affecting Vocational Education Policy. Vocational Education Study Publication No. 6.
The monograph is an attempt to describe conditions existing today in rural America that can affect the operation and impact of vocational education in rural areas and, thus, should exercise an influence on policy making. It identifies statistical patterns and characteristics common to rural areas, both within regions and those that cut across regions. It discusses: (1) characteristics of rural school districts that define and delimit their current delivery systems and their capacity for providing education; (2) demographic characteristics of the population to be served and the ability of rural communities to provide services; (3) rural poverty and deprivation that affect the need for services and the choice of criteria by which services are targeted; (4) geographic features that influence the delivery of services; and (5) labor market characteristics that affect the programs to be offered in the curriculum and the targeting of funds. The monograph also stresses that, while people in rural communities tend to be more alike than people in large cities, rural communities across the country tend to be more unlike each other than large cities across the country; therefore, local conditions need to be carefully considered in all State and Federal policies. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Census Figures, Community Services, Demography, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Employment Opportunities, Health Services, Industrialization, Poverty, Regional Characteristics, Rural Environment, Rural Population, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School Districts, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.