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ERIC Number: ED446880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Putting Rurality on the Agenda: Beginning Teachers in Rural Schools.
Appleton, Ken
It is not uncommon for beginning teachers in Queensland (Australia) to be assigned their first teaching placement in a rural area. Many of these teachers stay there for the minimum time that they must, then seek to relocate to a coastal city. The literature and interviews with beginning rural teachers suggest that those who view the experience positively have their roots in the community, or a similar one, and those with negative views experience a multifaceted sense of isolation-- physical, interpersonal, cultural, intellectual, and personal. These considerations are bound together in notions of identity and community. Identity is a social phenomenon bound up in the people and community with whom a person feels comfortable; but it also tends to be associated with the physical place occupied by the community. Applying this to beginning teachers, several aspects of identity emerge: personal and social identity, focusing particularly upon the immediate family group and the place where one grew up; professional identity, focusing on the preservice community, university, and current school placement; and desired future social and professional identity. If the teaching situation provides a mismatch with an aspect of the teacher's identity, then a sense of isolation is felt. Although isolation may be real in a geographic sense, identity mismatch amplifies perceived isolation and the urge to move to a place that more closely matches the teacher's identity. (TD)
Full text at Web site: http://www.aare.edu.au/98pap, click on "bre98131.html."
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia