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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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In the past five year, there has been a trend in Pipestone County, Minnesota, to close the one-room country schools and send these rural children to consolidated town schools. Up to about five years ago, there were many rural schools in the county educating these young children up through the sixth grade, then the children would start Junior High School in one of the four towns in the county with high school facilities: namely Ruthton, Jasper, Edgerton and Pipestone. The program went on this way for many years, but now the closing of these rural schools is about eight percent completed. The rural children, who would have been going to the one-room country school now if the change had not come about, are instead getting their elementary training tin the four town schools., In view of these developments, there has been considerable discussion about the merits of the rural schools and the town schools. Many of these discussions are based on the opinion of the person and not on any factual material. This study was made to determine if there was a statistical difference in mathematical achievement of the two groups: the town school pupils and the rural school pupils entering the seventh grade of the Pipestone Junior High Schools.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Arithmetic -- Study and teaching
Schools -- Minnesota -- Pipestone


Includes bibliographical references (page 19)



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South Dakota State University


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