ERIC Number: ED296159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Role of Vocational Education in Rural America. Information Series No. 328.
Jansen, Duane G.
Vocational education programs adapted for use in rural areas are often unsuccessful because they do not meet the unique needs of rural communities. Rural school districts have limited financial resources, and few rural schools can offer a wide range of programs or special services to students. Smaller rural communities need persons having multiple skills, including those necessary for entrepreneurship and jobs in small business. Whatever form it takes, vocational education can only meet the needs of the rural population if it provides training that would equip individuals to remain in their community and contribute to its economic development. During the first half of the 20th century, rural vocational education was dominated by courses in vocational agriculture and home economics. Later, rural school systems responded by building regional vocational education centers to deliver new types of training. Today's rural schools must overcome such problems as lack of cooperation and sharing among districts, diminishing resources, and changing technology and market demands. A potential solution to the problem of the declining economic base of rural communities is more collaborative activities. Rural vocational education must be able to develop programs responsive to the needs of the types of industries in their immediate areas. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Educational Needs, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Role, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, Box F, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN328--$4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.