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What we're about out here: the resilience and relevance of school farms in rural Tasmania


Corbett, M and Brett, P and Hawkins, C-L, What we're about out here: the resilience and relevance of school farms in rural Tasmania, Journal of Research in Rural Education, 32, (4) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1551-0670 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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School farms were established in Tasmania in the 1930s following a visit of an Australian education official to the United States and the United Kingdom. There are still more than 30 school farm operations functioning in some capacity throughout the state, unlike in the rest of Australia where similar small school farms are not common. In this article we analyze interviews undertaken in 2016 with 22 school farm educators about the state of Tasmania’s school farms, what they do, how they are seen in their communities, what challenges they face, and how they integrate the agricultural program with the demands of contemporary curriculum. While these school farms face considerable challenges, we conclude that they have a unique place in the state’s education system, a powerful symbolic presence in rural communities, and significant potential to provide relevant, valuable, and potentially transformative curriculum and pedagogy in support of educational and rural development policy agendas.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural education, Tasmania, school farms
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
UTAS Author:Hawkins, C-L (Dr Cherie Hawkins)
ID Code:118548
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-07-13
Last Modified:2018-06-20

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