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ERIC Number: ED317343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 16
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Characteristics of National Merit Scholars from Small Rural Schools.
Peltier, Gary; And Others
This study compares 1988 National Merit Scholars enrolled in rural public schools with a senior class smaller than 99 students to other merit scholars and the national sample of SAT takers. Rural scholars were more likely to be female (45.5%) and Caucasian (98%) than other scholars. Involvement in extracurricular activities was significantly higher for rural merit scholars. Among rural scholars, 37% completed the equivalent of 5 years of English and mathematics, but only 26% of scholars finished 3 years of a foreign language, and 12.1 percent reported taking no foreign language. Only 14% of nonrural scholars had an A average, but 64.7% of rural scholars did. Rural scholars reported using computers for word processing and math drill and practice. Only 10% of rural scholars' schools had satellite (distance-learning) instruction. A total of 58% of all students tested had a family income under $40,000 but 65% of rural scholars' families had an income of $20,000 or less. Results suggest that the culture of rural areas and environment of small schools produces rapport between teachers and students, greater involvement in school affairs, and closeness of families, all of which contribute to students' academic achievement. This paper contains 6 references. (DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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