Rural Ed Technical Paper
Principal Investigator: Susan Sheridan
Co-Principal Investigators: James Bovaird
Funding Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Subcontract from: Decision Information Resources (DIR)
Award Date: Feb 1, 2014
End Date: Aug 1, 2017
- Discuss the characterization of rurality, the common definitions of rurality, how such definitions are typically operationalized and measured, and the ramifications and challenges in defining and measuring rurality.
- Discuss the importance of experimental control in generating causal inferences from research in rural settings, focusing on the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) as exemplary research designs.
- Present regression-discontinuity designs, stepped-wedge designs and multiple-baseline designs as alternatives that are considered to achieve acceptable levels of scientific inference, in some cases comparable to RCTs.
- Discuss how rural education researchers can address challenges with participant recruitment and encourage enrollment.
- Discuss innovations in data collection and data reduction being used in rural-based RCTs.
- Discuss how to monitor, assess and support implementation of programs with high fidelity in rural contexts.