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ERIC Number: EJ766898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Recruiting Teachers for Rural Schools
Simmons, Betty Jo
Principal Leadership, v5 n5 p48-52 Jan 2005
Unquestionably, rural schools face many obstacles in their attempts to attract teachers. However, a survey of preservice teachers working in rural districts found that many of these obstacles stem from misconceptions or a lack of knowledge about what it means to live and work in a rural area. Perception, however, is reality and therefore deserves serious consideration. In this article, the author discusses the challenges most frequently mentioned by preservice teachers at the Longwood University in the rural community of Farmville, Virginia. These include: (1) lack of understanding about rural life; (2) isolation; (3) housing; (4) salaries; (5) teacher preparation background; and (6) limited facilities and personnel. She emphasizes the need for an active recruitment program to dispel myths and focus on the benefits of teaching and living in a rural area, and provides suggestions on how school systems can help teacher candidates feel more comfortable in making a decision to become a rural educator.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia