ERIC Number: ED206926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Exemplary Rural Education and Economic Development Initiatives. State-of-the-Art Report.
White, Susan J.
Only recently has the need to link rural education programs for workers and economic planning been recognized. This interest in linkages has resulted in a variety of intermediary mechanisms for collaboration. Included among the elements or activities necessary for linking education and economic development are the following: a solid base of information about available resources; keeping the community informed and involved in economic development plans to ensure community support; identification and involvement of both the formal and informal leadership structures of the community; collaboration at all levels and with all sectors of the community and with state, regional, and national organizations and agencies; development of supportive services that enhance the work environment and the community; and thoughtful consideration of the community's values, population makeup, and political environment. Programs containing these elements have been identified at all levels of government and in both the public and private sectors. With this base of knowledge, cooperation, and support, the community can decide which strategy is most appropriate for their effort: concentration on providing educational opportunities, direct job creation, overall community development, or a combination of all three strategies. (Related reports on American rural development are available separately through ERIC--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Characteristics, Community Resources, Community Support, Coordination, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Leadership, Linking Agents, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Resources, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, State of the Art Reviews, Success
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.