ERIC Number: ED287646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
The One-Teacher School in the 1980s.
Muse, Ivan; And Others
Written for educators, legislators, and the general public, this monograph is a resource for better understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the one-teacher school. The material is designed to inspire more confidence in the quality of education possible in rural America and to reinforce recognition that most schools--regardless of size--can be educationally effective. The first chapter considers the one-teacher school within the framework of American education during the present century. This brief overview includes information about the effects of consolidation on rural education, the difficulties of attempting to compare rural and urban schools, and some of the techniques used by small schools to overcome the problems of isolation and small enrollment. Chapter 2 describes and presents information about one-teacher schools today based on studies conducted over the past 3 years. Chapter 3 compares today's one-teacher schools with those of 1960 and charts their progress. Chapter 4 affords an opportunity to "visit" one-teacher schools through descriptions of selected schools. Chapter 5 details the evolution of primitive, log cabin schoolhouses to current, well-constructed buildings. The final chapter offers reflections on material in earlier chapters and makes recommendations about the future of one-teacher schools. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Educational Facilities, Educational History, Elementary Education, One Teacher Schools, Quality of Life, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Demography, School Effectiveness, School Location, Small Schools, Social Values, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Responsibility
ERIC/CRESS, New Mexico State University, Department 3AP, Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001 ($6.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Rural Education Association, Fort Collins, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.