School consolidation and community cohesion in one rural Kansas community: Mount Hope

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Show simple item record Foster, Joseph B. 2015-04-27T15:24:12Z 2015-04-27T15:24:12Z 2015-04-27
dc.description.abstract Rural communities continue to consolidate and close schools across the country at an alarming rate. Debates surrounding school district consolidation have been known to cause deep tension throughout many communities. It is widely held that, schools in rural areas not only provide education, but create jobs, provide entertainment, and bolster social relationships within a region. Social relationships are necessary for the health and cohesiveness of any community. This in-depth case study of the rural community of Mount Hope identifies the change in cohesion over time. This research shows that there is a relationship between the closing and opening of the school and levels of community cohesion amongst some, but not all, of the groups. The key findings are that a range of social activities not directly related to the school have been affected by the closure. Personal interviews were conducted with local officials, school employees, group leaders, parents, and community members of Mount Hope. This study is relevant to planners, school administrators, and educators alike, as local communities across the state debate the value of district consolidation. The findings are beneficial to communities and school districts to help determine what is best for a community when considering school consolidation or closure. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject School consolidation en_US
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.subject Cohesion en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.title School consolidation and community cohesion in one rural Kansas community: Mount Hope en_US
dc.type Report en_US Master of Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Katherine Nesse en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, General (0515) en_US
dc.subject.umi Education Policy (0458) en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Research (0344) en_US 2015 en_US May en_US

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