ERIC Number: ED228002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Case for the Smaller School. Fastback 190.
Exploring the revival of interest in smaller schools, the fastback examines the legacy of the small school, the minimum school size, the advantages and disadvantages of smaller schools, the needs of smaller schools, and some important indicators and trends of what is actually likely to happen in small schools. In discussing the advantages and disadvantages of smaller schools, arguments are grouped into six areas: community relationships and control, finance, administration, teachers, students, and curriculum and instruction. The intent in discussing the disadvantages of smaller schools is to identify ways to alleviate or overcome problems brought about by smallness. In considering what is needed to improve small schools and rural education, the fastback provides suggestions concerning student needs, finance, community values, curriculum and instruction, personnel, and policy control. Some important social indicators and trends that have implications for smaller schools are examined. Five guidelines, based on both theory and experience, suggest ways that leaders can bring about change to improve the educational program in small or rural schools. (NQA)
Descriptors: Community Control, Curriculum, Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Population Trends, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Administration, School Community Relationship, School Size, Small Schools, Social Indicators
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa, Columbus, OH.
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.