ERIC Number: ED309004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
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Rural Education Research: An Higher Education Perspective within a Rural State Context.
Carlson, Robert V.
This paper discusses rural education in Vermont and the forces that influence the state's rural educational research agenda. The paper presents the recent history and current conditions at the University of Vermont (UVM), current demographic observations concerning Vermont's population, and special features about the state's educational enterprise. UVM is a university of approximately 10,500 students in programs ranging from agriculture to arts and sciences. Aside from the college's Center for Rural Studies there are a number of faculty in other fields who share a strong interest in rural issues. The state is going through a significant change of character brought on by dramatic population changes. The traditional agricultural character has been supplanted as Vermont has become a countryside retreat for new and emerging middle- and upper-class professionals. These changes bring about a different set of values and expectations for public education. The transitional nature of rural communities, combined with the high emphasis on local government, has often turned school systems into local battlegrounds for opposing points of view. State-level discussions have increasingly focused on the measure of educational quality and how Vermont's rural schools will meet state standards. This dilemma calls for further research. Such research should take into account the following factors: historical and cultural influences on rural communities; external influences on rural education; and contemporary social issues. Suggested subjects for future research include: demographic shifts; school quality and size; telecommunications; and public policy implementation. (TES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont