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Downes, Natalie; Roberts, Philip – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2018
The staffing of rural, remote and isolated schools remains a significant issue of concern in Australian education. In this paper we provide a comprehensive account of the Australian research related to the staffing of rural schools post 2004. The review identifies the overarching themes of the opportunities and challenges of staffing rural…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Teacher Persistence, Preservice Teacher Education
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Downes, Natalie – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2018
In 2017, SPERA [Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia] members and supporters were surveyed on their views of rural education. Forty-two participants responded to the online survey through targeted and snowball recruitment. Participants shared their opinions of the main issues in rural education, the challenges facing rural…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Quality
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McPherson, Amy; Roberts, Philip; Downes, Natalie – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2017
Sustainability is a central challenge facing the future viability of Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) communities in rural Australia. Faced with environmental uncertainty and its associated community impacts, sustainability has at once been positioned as the path to a prosperous future and a flash point of community conflict. Key to these tensions has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
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Downes, Natalie; Roberts, Philip – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2015
This paper explores the idea that rurality is important in children's learning even though it is in conflict with dominant educational discourses. Crucial to identifying this was the use of research methods that focused on rural meanings. In this paper we report on an ethnographic study that explored the experiences of parent supervisors of…
Descriptors: Parents, Distance Education, Elementary School Students, Rural Education
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Downes, Natalie – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2013
For a number of very remote students in Australia, distance education is regarded as the most effective means of providing access to primary school education. For these students isolation is experienced not only in relation to distance from a physical school, but also from a professionally trained educator and the instructional benefits this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students