ERIC Number: ED237803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in Rural America. Overview: ERIC Fact Sheet No. 15.
This fact sheet provides an overview of rural schools, people, and labor markets to help vocational educators better understand the needs of rural Americans. It is based on "A Portrait of Rural America: Conditions Affecting Vocational Education Policy" (Rosenfeld 1981). Data is presented on population trends, poverty, employment patterns, employment opportunities, and rural schools. Implications for vocational education are drawn from the following facts: (1) the basic skill level of rural students tends to be lower; (2) farm jobs are declining, but there are a variety of agribusiness-related occupations for which curriculum is needed; (3) new industries are being attracted to rural areas; (4) many rural Americans are self-employed; (5) because of the small size and limited resources of rural schools, it is difficult to provide varied course offerings and special services; (6) parents strongly influence the career choices of their children; and (7) there is a strong need for postsecondary and adult vocational education programs. A bibliography is included which cites six resources, three of which are available from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system. (DC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.