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Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community


Corbett, M, Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community, Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd., Canada, pp. 192. ISBN 978-1552662298 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2007 Michael Corbett

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The relationship between rural communities and contemporary education is analyzed in this innovative case study of the town of Digby Neck, Nova Scotia. Rather than supporting place-based curriculums and establishing social, economic, and cultural networks within suburban populations, the modern school has typically stood in opposition to local life. Contemporary classes also incorrectly teach rural children that their communities and traditional lifestyles have nothing of value to offer. This report explains that if education is to be democratic and serve the purpose of social and cultural elevation, then it must adapt to the specificity of its locale.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:rural education, mobility, outmigration, community, Atlantic Canada, coastal communities, fishery
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:100574
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-05-20
Last Modified:2017-03-02

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