ERIC Number: ED447998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Community as Tacit Curriculum: A Case Study of Oneida High School, Oneida, Tennessee.
Howley, Craig B.; Harmon, Hobart L.
A case study of Oneida High School (Oneida, Tennessee) in December 1997 examined influences and unique circumstances that sustained the school in the face of possible closure and enabled it to "flourish." The study included structured interviews with over 70 individuals in the school and community, focus groups, and informal conversations with local citizens. Oneida is a relatively poor community located in rural Scott County in north central Tennessee; the high school enrolls about 340 students. Oneida Special School District (OSSD) was established in 1915 and functions as a "choice" for families in the surrounding county district. Sections of this report cover the threat to the survival of OSSD, response by grassroots organizers and local elites, and restructuring of local leadership; what the community expects from the school; life in the school from the students' viewpoint; and the work lives of teachers. Findings suggest that the school has survived and flourished because of community commitment based on values of family, hard work, and caring for others; community expectations are that students may leave to discover a "vocation" elsewhere, but will return with new skills to benefit the community; and there is willingness among wealthy residents and businesses to provide supplemental funding. In sustaining the high school, the community articulates a view of the outside world that reflects respect for local perspectives and puts local purposes before global ones. (Contains 34 notes.) (SV)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Attitudes, Community Schools, Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, High Schools, Institutional Survival, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Role, Small Schools, Values
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee