ERIC Number: ED260868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Learning in Remote Schools: A Dilemma Beyond Rural Education.
Scott, Robert J.
Information from the National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth, Sep 1984
Isolated by distance and geographic barriers from population centers, services, current information, and opportunities, 15 of Nevada's 17 school districts are not simply rural, but are remote. Servicing districts that average fewer than 2 people per square mile, 21 elementary schools have only 1 teacher. Sixteen high schools have enrollments of less than 100. Curricula in remote schools is limited, depending on resourcefulness of teachers, administrators, and community members to fill gaps from lack of art, music, counseling, physical education, library, or vocational specialists. Alternative strategies for remote schools include multigrade arrangements, itinerant services, assistance from multi-school principals, employment of paraprofessionals, and rotating diagnostic-prescriptive services. Use of computers and video tapes is increasing but remote areas lack access to televison/satellite transmission. Mildly/moderately handicapped children are mainstreamed while severely handicapped are unserved or institutionalized. Teachers must be "competent generalists," with skills in individualizing instruction for all students. Teachers either spend a lifelong career or only 1 or 2 years in remote schools. Despite teacher benefits including housing subsidies and isolation salary bonuses, districts cannot always fill positions. Teacher training, retraining, and inservice needs are extensive and are beginning to be addressed by the Nevada Rural School Alliance, formed in 1983. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Curriculum, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, One Teacher Schools, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Special Education, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Housing, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: InterAmerica Research Associates, Rosslyn, VA.; National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada