Post # 1
So I am in graduate school and instead of writing a thesis, my progam requires I do an in-field research project. I’m getting a degree in School Psychology, by the way. I am completing an internship in a small rural school district. I am interested in the unique challenges rural schools face.
The project doesn’t have to be very labor intensive and I need to be able to complete the research on my own as I won’t have any assistants. I was thinking of doing pre-test, post-test type research. For example: Give a survey to middle school children and get their opinions on bullying in the school. Then, give a presentation about bullying, and give them the same survey and examine how their attitudes have changed. This was just an example- I’m not specifically interested in bullying.
I was wondering if you ladies could help me out?! Is there anything you would be interested in knowing about rural schools? All ideas are welcome!!!
Post # 3
So many possible interesting questions.
Is there a difference in the amount of time spent with electronics each day between rural kids and more urban kids? (I could be very wrong, but I could imagine that rural kids have more chores to do and therefore may have less time spent in online/electronic persuits)
differences (if any) in the number of kids who are anticipating post-secondary education.
Differences (if any) in career plans – how many can’t wait to get off the farm, and how many can’t imagine any other place to live.
Class size relative to grades and / test scores
I’m sure there could be many other interesting questions
Post # 4
There is both popular and scholarly interest in the processes of urbanization among young people not only in the United States, but worldwide. Recent data suggest that young people now value things like access to public transit much more than young people of generations past and are also slightly more hesitant about owning a house or land. Obviously many types of public transit work more effectively in the city context (though rail can work effectively in many contexts) and cities provide other potential economic and environmental advantages.
It might be interesting to see how these young people are thinking about the city context vs. the rural context (this follows off of what a previous poster suggested, but I’m less interested in the career aspect than in the community understanding/desires/definition aspect). Do these young people think that rural communities will be able to continue to provide them with economic, cultural, and community support, or do they see these communities as “dying.” If they are interested in the city environment, what factors draw them to the city, and is there evidence that they have thought about the changes in community orientation that would occur with a move to the city? How do they imagine their family dynamics functioning if they were to move to the city? (Obviously all those questions don’t necessarily have to be asked, but I think they repreent facets of the larger issue.)
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions!
Anything you can think of that could be more specific to the school level, something that could be of particular interest to the school itself? I probably should have mentioned this in the original post, but the goal of the research is basically to provide the district with the outcome data, then, they could potentially make positive changes within the school/district. Example: Parent vs Teacher perceptions of the importance of college prep skills? The administrators could then use the information to offer more college prep courses at the high school level, etc.