ERIC Number: ED258774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How Far Is the Ivory Tower from Reality in Preparing Teachers for Rural Settings?
Grippin, Pauline C.; And Others
A study sought to identify and verify the characteristics of rural settings and teachers that, in the literature, are related to success in rural teaching of students with handicapping conditions and to compare college faculty expectations and attitudes with those of local education administrators and master teachers. A survey was conducted by mail questionnaire of rural local administrators (n=29) from upper state New York and college faculty (n=30) from an Albany private college. The survey contained 5 open-ended questions asking for characteristics which impact rural educational services to the handicapped and 20 attitude items. Comparisons made between rural educators and college faculty revealed differences in 8 of the 20 attitude items. Regarding the handicapped, more rural educators than college faculty were concerned about financial ramifications of providing services, had lower academic expectations, and had confidence in vocational education. More college faculty than rural educators expected non-teaching staff to be prepared to work with the handicapped. Results document a knowledge and attitude gap between rural educators and college faculty who train teachers and a lack of awareness of issues research considers important. Teacher training programs must be improved and based upon needs of rural settings. Following the narration are tables displaying questionnaire results, and a copy of the questionnaire. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (Albany)