Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Education, Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Peter Troy White


This study utilized quantitative survey methods to evaluate how rural schools are affected by students living in poverty. There are many attributes to a school’s culture. Successful leadership, high-quality teachers, and active students are three of the biggest factors. Schools located within a 265-mile radius from Newell, SD with a school population of less than 600 comprised the population for this study. This area encompassed schools in five states. Schools were contacted, surveyed, and assessed based on quantitative statements and open-ended questions. Considering that a school is dynamic, the high school teachers from four different subjects were all assessed. 58% of the sample agreed that students do not take responsibility for their own learning. The sample also fell below the 4.0 Likert-scale mean in the Collaborative Leadership Construct.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rural schools.
Education, Rural.
School management and organization.
Teachers -- Attitudes.

Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



Rights Statement

In Copyright