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We have never been urban: Modernization, small schools and resilient rurality in Atlantic Canada

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Corbett, M, We have never been urban: Modernization, small schools and resilient rurality in Atlantic Canada, Journal of rural and community development, 9, (3) pp. 186-202. ISSN 1712-8277 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This article considers some educational implications of resilient rurality in Nova Scotia, a province in eastern Canada. By Statistics Canada definitions, the province contains more than double the national percentage of rural residents, a figure that has not changed very much since the 1950s when rural school consolidation and other "modernization" schemes began in earnest. This resilient rurality is typically constructed in a metrocentric deficit perspective as a marker of underdevelopment and inevitable population decline and decay. I argue that subsequent educational reform initiatives have generally supported the closure of rural schools and have not significantly considered their effectiveness and potential to support strength-based rural development policy and social justice

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural education, modernization, small schools, educational politics, metrocentrism
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:School/Institution
Objective Field:School/Institution Community and Environment
Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:98060
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-01-29
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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