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ERIC Number: EJ1055922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
The Private Problem with Public Service: Rural Teachers in Educational Markets
Lassig, Carly; Doherty, Catherine Ann; Moore, Keith
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v47 n2 p117-139 2015
Staffing rural and remote schools is an important policy issue for the public good. This paper examines the private issues it also poses for teachers with families working in these communities, as they seek to reconcile careers with educational choices for children. The paper first considers historical responses to staffing rural and remote schools in Australia, and the emergence of neoliberal policy encouraging marketisation of the education sector. We report on interviews about considerations motivating household mobility with 11 teachers across regional, rural and remote communities in Queensland. Like other middle-class parents, these teachers prioritised their children's educational opportunities over career opportunities. The analysis demonstrates how teachers in rural and remote communities constitute a special group of educational consumers with insider knowledge and unique dilemmas around school choice. Their heightened anxieties around school choice under neoliberal policy are shown to contribute to the public issue of staffing rural and remote schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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