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ERIC Number: ED261826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preservice Programs for Teaching in a Rural Environment: Survey of Selected States and Recommendations. Summary of the Results and Recommendations.
Jones, Barbara Jean
Directors of student teachers and administrators of field experience (n=240) assessed which of 26 suggested components of preservice/certification programs for rural teaching were available and which should be available. Results indicated that 21 of the 208 institutions in 27 rural states prepared students specifically for teaching in a rural environment. Fourteen of the suggested 26 components were currently available in over half of the institutions surveyed. The four components available at most institutions were: coursework in developing curriculum; training for work with exceptional children; coursework in educational technology; and training for teaching physical education, music, art, and community recreation. Although preservice programs were generally considered nonessential by respondents, the need for special preservice training for teaching in a rural environment was considered essential. Recommendations to implement preservice training programs for rural teaching or to upgrade existing ones related the components to six areas: general curriculum concepts; preparation for rural cultural, social, and economic factors; realities of teaching and living in isolated areas; availability of regional service centers; need for faculty specialization in rural education; and awareness of characteristics and needs of rural teachers and schools. Supporting tables are included and a brief directory of rural education resources is appended. (LFL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A