ERIC Number: ED265008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
High Achievement in Rural Schools.
O'Connell, Carleen; Hagans, Rex
Although much that is written about rural schools focuses on economic scarcities, pressures on teachers, and limited materials, there are also distinct advantages offered to those attending school in rural areas. Small schools provide all children--including the gifted--with unique opportunities to develop intellectual, social, and creative capacities. Rural gifted students enjoy: (1) smaller class size with more likelihood of independent work; (2) a school climate of familiarity among teachers, students, principals, and community members; and (3) a school environment where there is greater opportunity for all students to participate in extracurricular activities. To assist rural schools in providing effective programs for gifted and talented students, a catalog was developed of 19 programs selected as having feasible and effective approaches for talented students in rural schools. The programs had the following characteristics: (1) responded to the unique strengths and constraints found in small, rural, and remote schools; (2) focused on the classroom teacher's needs or activities; (3) provided appropriate instructional materials for gifted students; and (4) offered at least one of three program models--acceleration, enrichment, or regular classroom activities. A chart of the 19 programs giving program name and type, curriculum areas, students served, staffing needs, and costs is appended. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.