ERIC Number: ED461469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-School Educational Provision in Rural Areas. Interchange 69.
Copus, Andrew; Petrie, Scott; Shucksmith, Janet; Shucksmith, Mark; Still, Margaret; Watt, Joyce
The Scottish Executive Education Department has pledged to achieve universal provision of preschool education for 3- and 4-year-olds, whose parents want it, by 2002. The particular factors affecting delivery of preschool education in rural areas were examined through telephone interviews with local education authorities and voluntary preschool providers in rural areas and through five detailed case studies. A preliminary exercise--a detailed mapping of Scotland's rural population--found that 29 percent of Scotland's population was rural, but 88 percent of rural people lived in areas adjacent to urban centers. The proportion of preschool children in rural areas was similar to overall figures, except in remote areas, which had only half the expected number of preschool children. A gap was found between numbers of eligible preschool children and provision of preschool places in rural areas. Choices similar to those in urban areas were found only in rural adjacent areas. Shortages of qualified teachers or nursery nurses, higher costs for smaller groups, and transportation problems were among the difficulties encountered. Provision of preschool education by local authorities varied widely in terms of practices, principles, and priorities. There were very different views about acceptable travel distances and staffing, and some authorities developed innovative solutions concerning scheduling, facilities, and transportation. The findings raise policy issues related to social inclusion goals, parental choice and involvement, and the definition of "quality." Recommendations are presented to the Scottish Executive and local authorities. (SV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Education, Public Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Population
For full text: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library3/education/ic69.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)