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How Far Is the Ivory Tower from Reality in Preparing Teachers for Rural Settings? [microform] / Pauline C. Grippin and Others
Bib ID 5455442
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Grippin, Pauline C
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1985 
18 p. 

A study sought to identify and verify the characteristics of rural settings and teachers that, in the literature, are related to success in rural teaching of students with handicapping conditions and to compare college faculty expectations and attitudes with those of local education administrators and master teachers. A survey was conducted by mail questionnaire of rural local administrators (n=29) from upper state New York and college faculty (n=30) from an Albany private college. The survey contained 5 open-ended questions asking for characteristics which impact rural educational services to the handicapped and 20 attitude items. Comparisons made between rural educators and college faculty revealed differences in 8 of the 20 attitude items. Regarding the handicapped, more rural educators than college faculty were concerned about financial ramifications of providing services, had lower academic expectations, and had confidence in vocational education. More college faculty than rural educators expected non-teaching staff to be prepared to work with the handicapped. Results document a knowledge and attitude gap between rural educators and college faculty who train teachers and a lack of awareness of issues research considers important. Teacher training programs must be improved and based upon needs of rural settings. Following the narration are tables displaying questionnaire results, and a copy of the questionnaire. (PM)


Sponsoring Agency: Department of Education, Washington, DC.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting (Chicago, IL, April 1985).

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.



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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Attitudes.  |  Attitude Measures.  |  College Faculty.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Disabilities.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Questionnaires.  |  Rural Education.  |  Rural Schools.  |  Teacher Characteristics.  |  Teacher Education.  |  New York (Albany) New York (Upstate)
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
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