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ERIC Number: ED455071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 7
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The Issues Shared by Professionals Living and Working in Rural Communities in British Columbia.
Montgomery, James C.
A study examined community, workplace, and social issues faced by professionals in education, health, human services, and law enforcement in eight rural British Columbia (Canada) communities. Surveys and interviews with 36 professionals revealed a dissonance between views of rural issues in the literature and views of local practitioners. The rural-as-deficient perception dominates the literature while rural professionals see rurality as something that is different. An original list of 50 issues was condensed to 20 that were shared by rural professionals. Findings suggest that most rural professionals are married; there is a gender bias in rural policing, nursing, and teaching; rural professionals typically grow up rurally and do not feel professionally prepared for their rural work; the main reason for moving to a rural community is work; the ages of rural professionals and their longevity in a community are indirectly related to the rurality of a community; and rural professionals in the middle levels of rurality tend to have more children than professionals at higher and lower levels. It is concluded that there is a positive correlation between levels of rurality and rural issues; indexing of rurality works; rural professionals are a homogenous group; and rurality is valued by this group. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada