ERIC Number: ED447997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Small High Schools That Flourish: Rural Context, Case Studies, and Resources.
Howley, Craig B., Ed.; Harmon, Hobart L., Ed.
It is now widely recognized that small schools are more productive and effective than larger schools. Yet, public officials and professional educators in many rural areas continue to believe that small schools are inefficient and ineffective, a way of thinking reflected in closed schools, angry residents, and long bus rides for students. About a quarter of U.S. high schools remain small (with fewer than 400 students in grades 9-12). Part research report and part handbook for action, this book discusses the general status of small rural high schools, takes a closer look at four small high schools that are flourishing despite being located in communities of very modest means, and offers guidance to administrators and policymakers who would like to keep their small high schools but must grapple with numerous problems. Chapter 1-3 examine the literature on small schools with particular relevance to rural areas, discuss strategies for sustaining small rural high schools, and describe the case-study methods. Chapters 4-7 present case studies conducted in 1997-98 in Oneida High School (Oneida, TN); Wahluke High School (Mattawa, WA); Thrasher K-12 School (Booneville, MS); and Fourche Valley School (Briggsville, AR). These chapters consider the character of the schools (how they are different); connect findings to perspectives on rural communities, social capital, and school leadership; and reflect on the importance of articulating rural priorities for rural schools. Chapter 8 compares and contrasts the case-study schools. Chapter 9 presents organizations, Web sites, and readings related to policy, community engagement, rural school facilities, and school and curricular leadership. Chapter authors are Craig B. Howley, Hobart L. Harmon, Diane Dorfman, Calvin W. Jackson, and Patricia Demler Hadden. (Contains 132 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Environment, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Survival, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Small Schools
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
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