ERIC Number: ED313200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-14
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Rural Education in the AEL Region. AEL Interim Report.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Examination of demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural factors in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, the four states served by the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL), shows low student population density, endemic poverty, low educational attainment, and a population reluctant to seek outside help. This report reviews the characteristics, needs, and efforts to improve rural education in this region. Two critical problems involve students' thinking and reasoning skills and academic performance of children from low-income families. Educators also identify lack of community and parent involvement as serious problems. West Virginia data suggest that the teaching force is aging, though becoming somewhat more highly trained. Initial analysis suggests that student achievement is lower in rural than non-rural districts. Lower student achievement, however, appears to be associated with the comparatively greater poverty that characterizes rural areas. Resources to improve education in the AEL region are scarce. Difficulties in the region, however, have provided opportunities for such innovations as distance learning, school-based development, and development of curricular and instructional techniques appropriate to rural schools. Equity in school funding is crucial to adequate support of rural education. AEL is identifying promising practices, and communicating such information through a newsletter. A model of school improvement is presently being demonstrated in four poor, rural sites in the region. This report contains 19 references. (DHP)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Regional Characteristics, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Small Schools, Socioeconomic Influences
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia