ERIC Number: ED238626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Needs in Smaller Schools of the United States: A Study. Research Monograph No. 3.
Beckner, Weldon; And Others
To conduct a national assessment of the educational needs of smaller schools in the 48 contiguous states, the National Center for Smaller Schools surveyed 951 schools in 17 states within 5 geographic regions during the fall of 1981. The superintendent, one principal, and three teachers in each sample school district completed a questionnaire focusing on three areas: curriculum and instruction, administration, and professional preparation and development. For all respondents, the most important issues concerned classroom management and school administration. The least important issues concerned curriculum offerings and instructional methods. Over 77% of the items were perceived both as important and well performed. However, 12 items seen as important but poorly performed constituted definite areas of need. Of these, most were in the professional preparation and development category. The top five needs were developing student motivational strategies, providing training in fostering positive student self-image, identifying strategies to deal with teacher burnout, providing professional development incentive programs, and providing programs for gifted and talented students. Although few differences existed between the perceptions of superintendents and principals, significant differences existed between teachers and the more positive administrators. Significant differences also existed between the Southeast and the Western regions. (SB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Administration, Administrators, Attitudes, Burnout, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Regions, Incentives, Instruction, Motivation Techniques, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Small Schools, Staff Development, Student Motivation, Teachers
New Mexico Center for Rural Education, Box 3CRE, Las Cruces, NM 88003 ($5.00 ea.).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Moody Foundation, Galveston, TX.; New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Center for Rural Education.
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech. Univ., Lubbock. National Center for Smaller Schools.