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From Shinjuku to River John: The neoliberal juggernaut, efficiency, and small rural schools


Corbett, M, From Shinjuku to River John: The neoliberal juggernaut, efficiency, and small rural schools, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60, (4) pp. 619-628. ISSN 0002-4805 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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It may seem a bit odd to begin an article that introduces a series of pieces about small rural schools in Canada, Norway and in Australia by referring to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station; but that is how I want to begin. Shinjuku is the world’s busiest railway station, moving approximately 3.4 million people each day through its turnstiles. I was there last summer. One of the great ironies of being a scholar of rural education is that I am able to go to major urban centres to speak about my research in small rural places. Shinjuku is a fascinating place, remarkably efficient and a feat of modern engineering. I lived for a time in a small town, rural railway station with my family in southwestern Nova Scotia. My father was a railway stationmaster, and I worked my way through university laboring on track gangs in the summers. I love trains. I’m a bit of an efficiency expert because my experience working for the Canadian National Railway trained me to think in terms of safety and efficiency.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:small schools, Canada, Norway, Australia, community
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:105165
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-12-11
Last Modified:2018-01-25
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