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The smaller the better? A review of research on small rural schools in Sweden
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0883-0355, E-ISSN 1873-538X, Vol. 48, no 2, 100-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This review of 30 years of research in small rural schools in Sweden includes projects focusing directly upon rural education and rural schools, reports from national agencies, and official statistics. Two main foci were found: (i) the quality of education and pupils’ academic performance, and (ii) the economics of running schools in different types of demographic areas. A concordant picture stands out: (a) there are no indications that small rural schools do not provide an equally good education as other schools, but (b) the higher expenditure per pupil and decreasing population in sparsely populated areas increases the risk of school closures. The importance of the small rural school to the community receives peripheral attention at best in this body of research.

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Pergamon , 2009. Vol. 48, no 2, 100-108 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2615DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2009.02.007Local ID: 2320/5326OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2615DiVA: diva2:870709
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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