ERIC Number: ED265993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Efforts to Improve the Preparation of Teachers for Rural Schools.
Barker, Bruce O.
Education students planning to teach in rural areas need, but do not receive, specialized training. Among differences encountered by rural teachers are professional isolation and limited inservice training; assignment to more subjects, more grade levels, and more extracurricular activities; lower budgets and salaries; inadequate materials; less pressured environment; greater cooperation; more student involvement; and more interaction among students, parents, and staff. A literature review suggests that teacher training programs are unresponsive to needs of prospective rural teachers and that research interest in rural education is limited. Suggestions for preparation of rural teachers include cultivating awareness of cultural, social, and economic conditions of rural areas through student teaching/practicums in nonmetropolitan areas; preparing future teachers to work with broader age ranges in multigrade classrooms and to teach several subjects; and encouraging faculty to conduct research in rural education. A comparative list of rural-urban differences in the work environment and a chart showing emphasis given by public institutions to topics applicable to rural teaching are included. (LFL)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Research Needs, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Student Teaching, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Conditions
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 30-February 1, 1986).