ERIC Number: ED380252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Education, Health, and Social Services in Rural Communities: Service Integration through the Rural Prism.
Bhaerman, Robert D.
Service integration entails the delivery of educational, health, and social services to children, youth, and their families through collaborations that include schools and major health and social service providers. Organized as a series of questions, this monograph provides information and insights on the process of service integration, particularly as it pertains to rural schools and community agencies. Part 1 examines definitions of service integration and related concepts; needs of rural children, youth, and families; problems addressed by service integration; recommended policies; models that are being implemented; implications for educators; activities of the 10 regional educational laboratories; and the policy statement of the National Rural Education Association. Section 2 addresses the views of rural practitioners on the roles of rural teachers and administrators, unique strengths of rural schools and communities, barriers to service integration, services offered and not offered in rural areas, location of service delivery, target populations, planning, parental acceptance, school's role in governance, available resources, state mandates, and evaluation data. This section concludes that the success of service integration depends on financial, human, technical, and knowledge resources, as well as on creative mechanisms to overcome resource deficiencies. Section 3 discusses the role of rural teachers and administrators in planning; delineates planning guidelines; and presents information on implementation in Kentucky, New Jersey, and Delaware. This monograph contains 98 references. Appendices include funding sources; resources available from regional educational laboratories; sample survey forms for parents, students, and teachers; regional and national organizations; state, local, and university resources; audio and video tapes; and resource briefs available from the National Center for Service Integration. (JAT)
Descriptors: Community Resources, Community Services, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Services, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Services, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities, Social Services
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-4107 ($26.87).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.