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ERIC Number: ED371913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 10
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Addressing the Neglected Needs of Rural Learners.
Bloodsworth, Gaston; Fitzgerald, Doris
This paper examines the educational needs of rural students and suggests ways that college programs can be adapted to the learning characteristics of rural students. Rural students are likely to be global learners, have a strong preference for cooperation, view learning as a social experience, have an aversion to individual recognition, experience difficulties with arbitrarily-set time frames, prefer to have information transmitted orally and in a social setting, exhibit a tendency toward subjective conclusions, and have a sense of powerlessness concerning events and the environment. Two South Carolina state universities modified graduate and undergraduate courses to address the learning characteristics of rural students by including a highly detailed syllabus describing course objectives; utilizing small group work; emphasizing group recognition for team work and activities; promoting an informal class environment; encouraging students to work at their own pace; focusing on oral discussions; relating learning concepts to life experiences; and giving students choices about how to approach, organize, and present assignments. This teaching approach is considered both cost and energy efficient and promotes meaningful learning for rural as well as urban students. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina