ERIC Number: ED438115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Rural Youth and Their Transitions and Pathways Connecting School and Work: A White Paper.
Shaffer, Leigh S.; Seyfrit, Carole L.
With the ultimate goal of articulating a research agenda, a November 1999 conference of researchers and educators examined the educational, social, and economic factors affecting rural adolescents' transition to the workforce. The first section of this white paper discusses the need to clarify research questions about adolescence to include a recognition of the complex choices rural adolescents make as they begin to build their lives during and after secondary education. The second section identifies key research issues, including the special qualities of the rural experience that affect rural youth, the impact of geographic factors such as remoteness, the process of sustainable socioeconomic development that creates rural jobs in both the primary and secondary labor markets, the development and implementation of school curricula that prepare students for success in their local communities and minimize the destabilization of rural communities by outmigration of youth, and the special needs of rural women and minorities. The third section discusses methodological concerns for future research and recommends longitudinal research designs for understanding the lives of rural youth and participatory action research for examining community planning and policymaking related to sustainable economic development. Contains a list of recommended research questions on rural youth and their transitions and pathways from school to work. (Contains 41 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: White paper summarizing the consensus of the working conference "Rural Youth and Their Transition from School to Work" (Norfolk, VA, November 4-6, 1999). In collaboration with conference participants.