ERIC Number: ED362351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
Change for Worse? One Teacher's Experience of Rural School Consolidation.
Egelson, Pauline Ericson
Motivated in part by impending consolidation, a Chapter I reading teacher in an economically depressed rural community asked her middle-school students (n=30) to interview one person who had attended a community school in the past. Questions centered around school buildings, teachers, classes, and special activities. The students read the questions to the interviewees and wrote down their responses. Students put the responses in paragraph form and discussed the results in class. Comments about the school buildings suggested that school maintenance was poor and there was a lack of money. Positive responses about community schools involved school values and rituals, and specific memories of things such as cafeteria food, teachers, and activities. One respondent recalled integration during the 1960s as a "wonderful time". There were hints that the quality of education received at community schools was not always the best. Local middle school and high school students now attend large consolidated schools with more class offerings, newer facilities, and the latest in technology. Nevertheless, although these students are surrounded by people, they go through school alone with no sense of community to guide them. Despite poor school conditions and the lack of resources, students and teachers in the community schools of the past knew each other, learned together, and felt secure in their environment. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).