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ERIC Number: EJ1018450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-0670
Improvisation as a Curricular Metaphor: Imagining Education for a Rural Creative Class
Corbett, Michael
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v28 n10 2013
Rural communities contain a largely unacknowledged innovative capacity founded on improvisational traditions. These traditions may be rooted in work practices in agriculture and other rurally-based productive activities but today they have expanded into other lifeworld locations, particularly virtual spaces that accelerate time-space compression. I make the case here that in the networked world of high modernity or postmodernity, both the nature of rurality and the potential of rural education need to be theorized differently. I begin with a critique of Richard Florida's metrocentric idea of the creative class, then move to reconceptualizing rurality as a real and imagined space, and conclude by analyzing a film and video project in an Atlantic Canadian school that used improvisation in literacy curriculum work. I argue that improvisation is a potentially productive metaphor for curriculum, one which draws on rural traditions and local funds of knowledge while at the same time incorporating a productive, forward-looking engagement with new technologies.
Penn State University College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities. 310B Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-863-2031; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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