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Rural education: Some sociological provocations for the field


Corbett, M, Rural education: Some sociological provocations for the field, Australian and international journal of rural education, 25, (3) pp. 9-25. ISSN 1839-7387 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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In this piece I raise a number of rural education issues that I think might be productively engaged through a sociological lens. The paper has developed from notes on ‘international trends in rural education’ for a pre-conference workshop of AARE in December of 2014. My general conclusion is that the field of rural education, at least as it exists in Australia and in North America, has not yet adequately addressed problems of globalisation tending instead to operate within the space of what might be called traditional rural imaginaries. Specifically, I address a range of issues and trends that I think can engender better scholarship in the field of rural education. These issues range from problems of definition, demographics, mobilities, and geographies through to more fluid network and poststructural constructions of what constitutes rural space. Questions of power and the formation and surveillance of rural populations are also dimensions of rural education analysis that have not been given sufficient attention. My general argument is for a stronger engagement of the conceptual tools sociology and contemporary social theory in rural education scholarship.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Rural education, sociology of education, modernity, challenges
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:105166
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-12-11
Last Modified:2016-08-04

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