ERIC Number: ED274495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-9
Rural Education: Past and Future.
Nielsen, Duane M.
Though current agricultural economic and social conditions are impacting on the scale of educational delivery systems, the way education is financed in rural areas, the range of educational services available, and the willingness and ability of local districts to provide levels of educational services justified by overall societal benefit and cost, rural education in America is entering an era of opportunity in terms of meeting the educational needs of children and adults. General Education Diplomas and Adult Basic Education programs, vocational/occupational training, counseling and information programs, economic development programs, adult education programs, programs for special rural populations, campus-based programs focusing on rural needs, industry-based training, telephone/television/satellite instruction, radio and newspaper instruction, independent and individualized study, and integrated systems approaches may be means for making lifelong learning a reality for rural people. Strategies for rural program development must gain access to people in their communities; develop local involvement; determine needs and relate them to program/institutional mission; foster interinstitutional/organizational collaboration; facilitate communication among learners, staff, and institutions; and use creative planning and strategies. Local rural education units, states, and the federal government all have a role to play in supporting the improvement of rural education. (NEC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Support, Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Government School Relationship, Lifelong Learning, Rural Education, Socioeconomic Influences
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Bellingham, WA, October 9, 1986).