ERIC Number: ED380269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Education Data User's Guide. Working Paper No. 95-12.
Huang, Gary; Holt, Albert
This guide aims to facilitate research and policy analysis in rural education by linking substantive issues to the data sources of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The guide may be used in two ways: as a handy tool for scanning NCES data that are presented with immediately applicable issues; and to stimulate, with sample "bridges" between issues and data, further exploration for research applications of NCES data. Section 1 briefly reviews nine NCES databases related to rural education, including background, research design, data contents, computer equipment needed to access data, and details on measures of residential or school locale. This section also discusses possible applications of data to program planning, policymaking, and scholarly research. Section 2 describes NCES technical services and policies on data access. Section 3, the main body of the guide, is a listing of rural research issues and concepts with relevant variable labels from NCES datasets. The issues are categorized into six broad areas: effectiveness of rural schools, curricular provision in rural schools, school and community partnerships, human resources for rural schools, use of technology in rural schools, and financial support for governance in rural schools. Appendices provide rural-urban locale classification schemes of the Census Bureau, NCES, Office of Management and Budget, and USDA Economic Research Service; recent relevant census data; procedures for gaining access to NCES restricted use data; analysis procedures related to sample design and weights; and a glossary of acronyms. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., Arlington, VA.