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ERIC Number: EJ810652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
A Comparative Analysis of the Educational Priorities and Capacity of Rural School Districts
Wallin, Dawn
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v36 n4 p566-587 2008
This article outlines a comparative analysis of three studies (one provincial, and two school division) that examined the congruence between the priorities of the Manitoba government's "Kindergarten to Senior 4 (K-S4) Education Agenda for Student Success" and priorities identified by stakeholders in a rural Manitoba (Canada) school division, as well as the capacity of the division to achieve them. Capacity was defined utilizing a model developed out of rural sociology termed entrepreneurial social infrastructure which includes three components for success: (1) Legitimization of Alternatives; (2) Diverse Networks; and (3) Resource Mobilization. The findings of the study suggest that (1) rural areas are dynamic and unique in their economic, social and demographic characteristics, and (2) that theoretical conceptualizations of how rural areas develop and/or thrive have yet to be refined, particularly as they relate to rural education. School reform efforts have a tendency to essentialize schooling across contexts, which provides many challenges to rural school divisions when they do not reflect local purposes, interests and/or capacities. A more localized and responsive conceptualization of school improvement strategies is therefore necessary, as well as research that is tailored to the particular needs of rural communities. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada