Journal of Advances in Humanities and Social Sciences
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Received: 14 April 2016
Accepted: 14 June 2017
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  • Small rural schools on the edge of survival: Comparative assessment of stakeholders’ perspectives in Latvia and Norway

Ilze Koroļeva, Inta Mieriņa, Ieva Kārkliņa

Published online: 2017


In the light of globalization, national education strategies in many countries consider the need to preserve their small rural schools. The analysis of small schools’ survival strategies and the attitudes towards their role in the development of rural communities is based on the data obtained during the comparative project «Rural Depopulation and the Governance of Education: Comparative Study of Latvia and Norway». A comparative quantitative survey of municipalities, a survey of school administrations, and a set of comparative case studies carried out in rural areas of Latvia and Norway enable multi-faceted analysis of the role of small schools within different governance and education systems. The causes of school closures and the resulting problems are similar in both countries; however, the rationale and the attitude of stakeholders are signiϐicantly different.