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Backing the right horse: Teacher education, sociocultural analysis and literacy in rural education


Corbett, M, Backing the right horse: Teacher education, sociocultural analysis and literacy in rural education, Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 26, (1) pp. 82-86. ISSN 0742-051X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tate.2009.08.001


This paper is a reflection on the way that a background in sociocultural theory and research actually saved my teaching career by allowing me to shift from being a dispenser of knowledge to a cultural neophyte attempting to understand where he is. Teaching then is understood as a reading exercise which is undertaken in a particular place which itself needs to be read by the effective teacher. This is a narrative inquiry into practice which represents an attempt to understand my own teaching career in the light of Frank Smith’s (1984) provocative essay ‘‘How education backed the wrong horse’’ in which he argues that anthropology would have made a better choice for a foundational discipline for education than psychology. I conclude with some thoughts on what this perspective implies for literacy instruction

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural education, community, teacher education, culture, sociology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:100556
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-05-20
Last Modified:2015-09-02

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