ERIC Number: ED315240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Rural Teacher Education for the 21st Century: A Minnesota Outreach Model.
Halcrow, John H.
In 1986 Bemidji State University (BSU), located in rural northern Minnesota, began an outreach distance learning program for the preservice education of elementary teachers. This college program delivers junior and senior year education courses to students 100 miles plus from the main campus. Junior and senior year requirements are completed in a 3-year cycle, with most courses provided in the evening or on weekends. Generally, students are graduates of community colleges in Minnesota's economically depressed "Iron Range," are older than average and hampered by family responsibilities, and are experiencing economic hardship and career change due to labor force restructuring. This presentation provides background on (1) BSU, (2) recent economic problems in northern Minnesota, (3) student characteristics, (4) arrangements with education faculty members to integrate the distance learning aspect of the department, (5) student processing and orientation, and (6) program design. A proposed course schedule and a map of BSU's Center for Extended Learning service area are included. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota