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ERIC Number: EJ1062435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Conceptualising Diversity in a Rural School
Tuters, Stephanie
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n7 p685-696 2015
This article describes a qualitative study which investigated how teachers made meaning of and responded to diversity in their rural school. While there is a large amount of information regarding how diversity plays out in urban settings and how teachers respond to it [e.g. Dei, G. J. S., I. M. James, L. L. Karumanchery, S. James-Wilson, and J. Zine. 2003. "Removing the Margins: The Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Schooling." Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press], little exists regarding rural schools. This is particularly troubling because of the large proportion of students attending rural schools. Data for this study were collected during individual interviews with seven elementary school teachers in a rural school in Ontario, Canada. Participants highlighted a number of categories of difference amongst their student cohort and how the challenges associated with this diversity were compounded by living in a rural area. The perceptions of participants are mirrored in educational policy and literature. Rural areas are expanding in population and diversity, and rural students are experiencing poverty and educational failure at the same levels of many large urban centres [Barlow, D. 2008. "America's Forgotten Schools." The Education Digest 22 (8): 67-70]. Yet rural schools are being ignored in educational policy, largely based on misconceptions about the nature and value of rural environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada