ERIC Number: ED425631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Meeting Facility Needs in Rural Schools.
Phelps, Margaret S.; Peach, Larry E.; Reddick, Thomas L.
Rural schools, in partnership with a solid base of supportive community citizens, can positively influence community vitality through expanded curricular and extracurricular offerings. This paper explores the ways in which rural communities can enhance education in their own towns. It discusses the characteristics of successful rural schools, which include having well-defined goals, a positive learning environment, high expectations for student performance, and adequate facilities and instructional materials. Further, the paper highlights the conditions necessary for student success, indicating that this is best controlled when schools are the right size, when there is documentation of achievement, and when school buildings are safe and in good condition. It argues that today's increasingly technological sophistication in education requires specialized spaces that match the educational goals of the activities for which these spaces will be used. Such specialized areas require enhanced infrastructure if they are to contribute to student learning. Schools in rural communities that are attractive and well-maintained, with quality curricular and extracurricular programming for all ages are investments in the community. (Contains 21 references.) (GR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Invitational Conference on Rural School Facilities (Kansas City, MO, May 1-2, 1998).