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Assessing The Impact Of Twenty-First Century Rural School Consolidation, Jeanne L. Surface Apr 2011

Assessing The Impact Of Twenty-First Century Rural School Consolidation, Jeanne L. Surface

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The purpose of the study was to make a qualitative assessment of the impact of school consolidation on several rural Nebraska communities that have recently lost their schools. This research uses a multiple-case study design with interviews conducted in three Nebraska communities. The data from this research fell into four broad themes: social capital changes resulting from consolidation, the effect of the consolidation on the children of the community, the future of the community, and circumstances driving consolidation. Data indicates very differing views about consolidation; respondents with children in school were generally supportive of the consolidation and felt that it ...