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ERIC Number: ED520063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-3
Pages: 79
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Frontier Schools in Montana: Challenges and Sustainability Practices. A Research Report
Harmon, Hobart L.; Morton, Claudette
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This study reveals the challenges confronting small, rural "frontier" schools in Montana and the practices that contribute to their sustainability. A Montana frontier school is defined as a school district with 200 or fewer students and its attendant community in a county with five or fewer people per square mile. The researcher surveyed teachers, administrators, school board chairs and held six focus groups of community members to identify challenges and sustainability practices. The top five "most important" challenges noted by school district personnel were low student enrollment, inadequate financial resources, unrealistic federal expectations, unmotivated students academically, and mixed grade levels of students in the classroom. Frontier school districts operate mixed age or multi-grade classrooms and use school facilities to serve critical community functions as key general practices that contribute to school sustainability. Lay citizens, compared to persons employed by the school district, are more likely to see the school as a vital necessity for maintaining a way of life associated with agriculture and related enterprises. (Contains 20 tables and 22 figures.) [This publication was produced by the Montana Small Schools Alliance and was funded by the Oro y Plata Foundation.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana Small Schools Alliance
Identifiers - Location: Montana