ERIC Number: ED473553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Making Small Schools Work: A Handbook for Teachers in Small Rural Schools.
Sigsworth, Alan; Solstad, Karl Jan
This handbook addresses the provision of an equitable basic education in rural areas, particularly in developing countries, by means of small schools located close to the pupils' homes. It is based on beliefs that small schools can be good schools; the appropriate place for a small school and its teachers is within the community; and small schools should make the most of the advantages that their size and location offer. Seven chapters address advantages in the small school; social structure of the small school; organization of learning in the multi-grade class; cooperation between parents, community, and school; local social and natural environments as resources for learning; strategies for curriculum planning; and professional support and cooperation within and between small schools. At the end of each chapter are suggested activities that call for observation, planning, and practical classroom action. Since situations vary from one classroom to another, and often within the same class and same subject, this handbook does not attempt to provide teachers with detailed prescriptions on how to handle day-to-day classroom challenges. Rather, by presenting ideas, raising questions, and suggesting fruitful routes to follow, sometimes supported by specific examples, teachers are encouraged to reflect upon their own situation, generate ideas, and initiate planning and action that fit their unique setting. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Mixed Age Grouping, Multigraded Classes, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Small Schools
UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, P.O. Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (single copy: $7.00; 10 copies: $50.00). For full text: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001240/124010eo.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). International Inst. for Capacity Building in Africa.