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ERIC Number: EJ771958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Accessing Science Courses in Rural BC: A Cultural Border-Crossing Metaphor
Nielsen, Wendy S.; Nashon, Samson Madera
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v53 n2 p174-188 Sum 2007
Students in small rural schools in British Columbia face barriers to accessing senior science courses. A case study employing questionnaire and interview methods sought the perspectives of principals, teachers, and students in the affected schools on this issue. Interpretive data analysis revealed the following barriers as key factors that affect students' successful access to senior science courses: staffing at the school, availability of specialist teachers, trusting relationships between students and teachers, and the school and local cultures. The study considers these factors as constituting a border between students and school science, the crossing of which mediates students' access to the culture of school science.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research. 845 Education Centre South, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada