ERIC Number: ED308054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Nontraditional Education in Rural Districts. ERIC Digest.
Because rural communities have different needs and resources from those found in urban settings, nontraditional education programs provide alternatives to those features of modern mass education that respond primarily to urban needs. This digest looks at a few nontraditional programs and strategies, the problems to which they respond, and the features that make them successful. Rural problems include sparsity of population, motivating minority students toward higher achievement, and meeting the needs of special populations: the handicapped, the gifted, and juvenile offenders. Alternatives examined include setting up free universities in small communities, bilingual and multicultural education programs, rural outdoor education programs, multi-media General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation, and home schooling. Generally, the people who create innovative programs are community leaders and parents. Well defined needs, self-starting learners, and cooperation among educational units characterize successful alternative programs. The most important characteristic, however, is that programs be community-based, born of necessity rather than technological expediency. Contains 10 references. (DHP)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Experimental Colleges, High School Equivalency Programs, Home Schooling, Multicultural Education, Nontraditional Education, Outdoor Education, Rural Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.