Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

Article excerpt

Welcome to the Fall 2012 issue of the Rural Educator. The articles in this edition cover diverse topics pertinent to rural education, ranging from the benefits and challenges of international students in rural schools, student motivation, a rural principal toolkit and teacher retention.

In the first article, Casto, Steinhauer, and Pollock explore the ways in which international students both benefit and challenge rural educational settings. The authors assert some rural schools recruit international students in order to boost enrollment in the face of consolidation fears, and to help make schools diverse. Furthermore, the authors maintain the recruitment of international students increases social opportunities for rural students, exposes them to a variety of cultural backgrounds, and increases cultural awareness. However, Casto, et al. also acknowledge the challenges accommodating international students place on rural districts with respect to housing and to international students' limited English language skills. In today's climate of consolidating small, rural schools, this article provides an opportunity for educators to consider how recruiting international students might ease enrollment issues and consolidation tensions while culturally benefitting small schools.

Like consolidation, student motivation and retention is becoming a more prominent educational issue in rural areas given the nature of accountability and the pressure to increase graduation rates. As such, in the second article, Patricia Hardre examines research on motivating secondary students and provides principled suggestions grounded in theory and research for motivating students. Suggestions are holistic in their focus on instructional strategies, classroom relationships, and school climate. …

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