ERIC Number: ED441625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Rural Challenge: Rural Schools and Communities Working as Partners for the Future of Rural America.
Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.
The Annenberg Rural Challenge locates and funds exemplary rural public school programs to serve as models for rural education reform. The guiding theory of the Rural Challenge is that when rural schools base their teaching on the economy, ecology, history, and culture of their communities while fully engaging the community in the school's work, schools and communities improve together. A 4-year evaluation of the effectiveness of the Rural Challenge's reform work concluded that: (1) place-based education increased student appreciation of their histories and communities and increased community participation and resources; (2) participation in community-based work instilled valuable new skills in addition to academic understanding; and (3) learning in the community involved demonstrating student leadership, responding to community needs, and contributing to community well-being, and changed expectations of what it means to attend school. Although standardized test results were not a factor in the evaluation, it was noted that Rural Challenge schools demonstrated above-average performance on traditional benchmarks of test scores, attendance, and graduation rates. Examples are given of student projects based on environmental issues, local history and culture, rural economic development, and technology. (TD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Local History, Outcomes of Education, Place Based Education, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Service Learning
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.