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The McREL Rural Education Project [microform] : A Summary Report of Its History and Accomplishments
Bib ID 5471750
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1985 
18 p. 

This report summarizes activities of the 5-year Rural Education Project of the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) and reviews the current state of rural education. Deteriorating agricultural economy and mandated school reforms were found to have exacerbated rural school problems of maintaining quality programs in situations of declining enrollment and rising costs. The Rural Education Project sought to identify unique characteristics of small rural schools and to develop the capacity of the rural education community to address issues of rural education cooperatively. The Project established clusters of rural schools linked with institutions of higher education and state education agencies to improve local schools and to create a network of agencies involved in rural educational development. Clusters provided staff and curriculum development, cooperative planning for resource sharing, instructional uses of microcomputers, and rural school involvement in economic development; in addition, participants discussed regional issues, and participated in research studies to provide information about rural education. The Project implemented and evaluated criteria for effective schools as outlined by another McREL project. The report lists useful elements of rural school improvement programs, guidelines for establishing clusters, examples of cluster activities, and nine characteristics of effective schools with corresponding results observed in two rural schools. (LFL)


Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.

ERIC Note: For related documents, see ED 269 217 and RC 015 898-899.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cluster Grouping.  |  Education Service Centers.  |  Educational Cooperation.  |  Educational Improvement.  |  Educational Quality.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Regional Cooperation.  |  Regional Laboratories.  |  Regional Planning.  |  Regional Programs.  |  Research Needs.  |  Rural Education.  |  Rural Schools.  |  School Effectiveness.  |  Mid Continent Regional Educational Laboratory
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO
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