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Building a new generation: Community expectations on raising aspirations in rural Tasmania


Corbett, M and Fraser, S and Reaburn, R and Smith, H and Roberts, J and Fielding-Wells, J, Building a new generation: Community expectations on raising aspirations in rural Tasmania, Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 8-24. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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This paper analyses a community-based educational program involving private and public sector partners instituted in a small city in northern Tasmania. The program represents part of a state-wide initiative to challenge the persistence of structural educational disadvantage and what is understood to be an entrenched "culture" that is insufficiently attuned to the necessity of further education. In this paper, we analyse this program from the perspective of key community partners drawing on a series of semi-structured interviews. We offer an analytic framework that suggests an integrated approach to thinking about supporting educational achievement, attainment and retention in regional Australia. It is our view while there is much that regional communities struggling with change can learn from this program, there are conceptual limitations in the way the problem of educational achievement is understood that should be enhanced by a more comprehensive understanding.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural and regional education, cultural change, aspirations, career decision making
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
UTAS Author:Smith, H (Dr Heidi Smith)
ID Code:123007
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-12-11
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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