Academic journal article Rural Educator

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Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editors

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This issue is the first issue of the Rural Educator to be published at the University of Wyoming. Topics explored include professional development for rural teachers in science education and in implementing new curricula, the relationship between self-efficacy and teacher retention in rural foreign language teachers, superintendents' perceptions of the efficacy of principal preparation programs, and the problem of underage alcohol consumption by rural youth.

Teachers in rural locations are often professionally isolated from content-area peers. In the research brief in this issue, Gilmore explores how to increase knowledge and skills of practicing K- 1 2 science teachers though a professional development opportunity that connected science instruction to the rural environment. This experiential project for rural educators in N Florida involved teachers working in multi-grade level teams on field-based practical science projects with scientists. Such vertical teaming involves the collaboration and exchange of ideas among educators across the grade levels with the aims of developing collegiality and enhancing professional growth.

On a similar thread of teacher professional development, Babione investigates how rural and small school teachers respond to mandated standards and curriculum change. Specific areas explored include the value teachers place on standards-based instruction, the consistency of instruction with respect to mandated standards, the importance of collegiality in the implementation of standards-based instruction, and initiatives used to differentiate instruction and motivate learners towards the new standards. …

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