ERIC Number: ED292606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Education of Rural Students in the United States.
Parks, Gail Armstrong
This study about rural school and student characteristics uses recent investigations to focus on the needs of rural schools and students. The first two sections of the report describe rural populations and communities, paying particular attention to changes since 1970 and to regional differences in growth rate, economic base, and racial/ethnic composition. Using national figures supplemented with regional or local data, Section III examines the "conventional wisdom" assumptions that the 50-year trend to consolidate schools is abating. Section IV focuses on the lag of the nonmetropolitan population as a whole, and all racial and ethnic groups in particular, behind the metropolitan population on measures of college attainment, high school attainment, and literacy rates during the 1970s. Section V reports how high school seniors answered questions about their classes, teachers, and schools in the 1981 "High School and Beyond" study. A final summary and conclusion section suggests a need for educators and policy makers to consider three elements of education as it occurs in the nation's rural schools: equity, curriculum, and planning around regional differences within a national context. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A