ERIC Number: ED258785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment and Preparation of Quality Teachers for Rural Schools.
Horn, Jerry G.
Perceived negative aspects of teaching in rural areas, including personal and professional isolation, multiple subject preparation, etc., provide barriers to effective recruitment and retention of quality teachers. The predicted shortage of teachers will likely have a significant impact on an already competitive market for high quality, rural school teachers. Recommended actions to overcome these perceived problems include more aggressive recruitment of new graduates from colleges and experienced teachers from larger schools, better selling of the advantages of teaching in rural schools--such as class size, individualized instruction, etc.--and utilization of more skilled and experienced recruiters. Politics and factors related to certification and accreditation regulations auger against developing unique approaches to teacher education. With increased emphasis on specialization, the preparation of teachers for rural schools is made even more difficult. Using the strengths of rural schools and proven effective teaching techniques in conjunction with field experiences, quality rural teacher education programs are possible. Reconceptualization of school curricula could provide the leverage for teacher educators to develop alternative preparation programs. Concluding the paper are eight recommendations directed at program and policy decision-makers in state and federal governments, local schools, and college/universities. (Author/PM)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Morale, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Rural Education Forum (Kansas City, MO, August 12-14, 1985). For related documents, see RC 015 364-372.