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ERIC Number: EJ1062429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
What Do You Mean? An Educational Researcher's Reflections Regarding "Rural" When Rural Is Home
Brann-Barrett, M. Tanya
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n7 p759-769 2015
In this article, I engage in a reflexive examination of my educational research in order to explore various meanings of rurality and the ways these meanings can include and exclude. Focusing on commonly held conceptions of rurality as critiqued by theorists (Halfacree 2003, 2006; Cloke 2006), I use examples from my own multi-media research, as well as the work of other researchers and scholars, to illustrate the usefulness and limitations of these definitions. I detail the ways I have worked to address restrictive definitions of the rural and to encourage more plural, and ultimately, more inclusive understandings of the term. When notions of rurality that fail to capture the complex and unique realities of rural regions make their way into schools and sites of learning people and their rural communities are denied models of education that honour their particular needs and assets. I argue that educational research must be designed and carried out in ways that attend to the various inter-related dimensions of rurality. Researchers who hope to contribute to inclusive education in rural regions can start by examining ways that their own understandings of rurality and the research processes connected to such understandings foster inclusion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada