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Impact of school locality on teaching and learning: a qualitative inquiry


Chand, DD and Mohan, PP, Impact of school locality on teaching and learning: a qualitative inquiry, Waikato Journal of Education, 24, (2) pp. 65-72. ISSN 2382-0373 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.15663/wje.v24i2.672


This research examined the impact of school location on teaching and learning through a case study of two urban, two rural and two remote Fijian secondary schools. A total of 48 semi-structured interviews were conducted: 16 from each category of urban, rural and remote. Each school was represented by three teachers, three heads of department and two administrators. The study established that rural and remote schools often face different challenges to their urban counterparts: geography, poverty and funding influence the quality of education. Leadership support and adequate resources are the key to breaking the overreliance on traditional methods of teaching and enhancing student classroom interest and participation. Finally, just as schools serve different communities, geographical location impacts on external links, cooperation and professional exchange and development. Understanding the impact of school locality on teaching and learning in Fiji should benefit other developing nations and the educational community at large.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teaching and learning, case study, urban, rural, remote, secondary schools, school locality
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Chand, DD (Mrs Deepa Chand)
UTAS Author:Mohan, PP (Mr Parmeshwar Mohan)
ID Code:136243
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-12-09
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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