ERIC Number: ED365501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Meeting the Needs of At-Risk Learners in Rural Areas: Challenge for the 1990's.
Sarkees, Michelle D.
TASPP Bulletin, v2 n1 p1-4 Aug 1990
Approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population is in rural areas and about 10 million students are enrolled in rural schools, comprising 12,000 of the 15,000 schools in the country. Although rural communities and their schools are quite diverse, certain characteristic economic, cultural, and social factors create large numbers of "at-risk" individuals. Barriers to effective programs and services for rural at-risk learners include: (1) lack of exposure to occupational diversity, limiting the career development process; (2) family opposition to moving away, limiting job opportunities; (3) economic barriers to comprehensive career preparation curricula; (4) geographic isolation; (5) high unemployment; (6) lack of adult service providers, making transition difficult; (7) transportation problems; and (8) shortage of qualified staff. On the other hand, rural communities have a number of service-delivery advantages related to school-community intimacy. Vocational programming for rural at-risk students can be improved through recommended strategies for coordinated career development practices, vocational assessment that takes advantage of all available personnel and resources, provision of support services, and provision of programming to facilitate school-to-work transition. The quality of vocational preparation and transition services for at-risk students depends upon the following critical components: curriculum content; instructional delivery; support services; administrative policies; intra- and interagency collaboration; labor market projections; skill acquisition and evaluation; and follow-up activities. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Illinois Univ., Urbana. Coll. of Education.