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ERIC Number: ED408116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
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Issues in Rural Primary Education in Europe: A Summary of a Symposium on Issues in Rural Education at the European Conference on Educational Research (Seville, Spain, September 25-29, 1996).
Hargreaves, Linda M.
This paper summarizes a symposium on issues in rural education held at the 1996 European Conference on Educational Research held in Seville, Spain. The symposium aimed to gather contextual information about rural primary schools and included presentations from researchers in Sweden, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, and Greece. Participants from the Netherlands, Wales, England, and Norway also shared information about small, rural schools. The following themes emerged: (1) the large proportion of small rural schools in Europe that are disadvantaged and lack a voice in national educational policy formation; (2) the need to establish professional support for rural teachers; (3) a tendency for rural schools to be staffed by unqualified or inexperienced teachers; (4) continued rural depopulation, subsequent school closures, and in some cases intercommunity animosity; (5) the lack of research targeted specifically on rural school issues; (6) official indifference to the plight of rural schools; and (7) the implementation of educational strategies that lack adequate evaluation of their educational efficacy. The symposium also identified positive developments and areas for further research, including the renewed role of small rural schools, legislation allowing establishment of small private schools in rural areas, coverage of small rural schools in existing national databases, positive effects of locally relevant curriculum, value of interschool collaboration for mutual support, and potential of information technology to reduce isolation of rural students and teachers. This paper also addresses the possibility of developing a rural education research network and identifies areas for collaborative research. An appendix includes abstracts of four symposium presentations on rural education in Ireland, Sweden, Greece, and Finland. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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