ERIC Number: ED433161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Collaboration in Integrating School Improvement and Rural Community Development. Literature Review.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
A significant theme in the literature on rural education is the extreme interdependence between rural schools and rural communities. Belief in this interdependence has led to a number of initiatives focused on strengthening both student learning and the local community's economic and social resources. Most of these initiatives involve some degree of formal or informal collaboration between schools and community residents. The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has developed a process for supporting collaborative work between schools and communities, the Collaborative Action Team process, and is exploring ways in which this process can be applied to rural communities. This literature review informs SEDL's work with rural communities regarding collaborative processes and provides an overview for other educators interested in the topic. The review describes the links between rural locales and rural schools; major issues facing both rural communities and schools; strategies that have been tried to address these issues, with particular attention to integrated school improvement-community development approaches; and the role of collaboration in such integrated approaches, highlighting characteristics and concerns particular to rural settings that should be addressed by a collaborative process such as SEDL's. (Contains 69 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Community Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Cooperation, Literature Reviews, Partnerships in Education, Place Based Education, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Service Learning
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.