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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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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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Roberts, Philip – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2017
This paper builds upon the evolving methodological perspective of a rural standpoint (Roberts, 2014b), and its related method of strategic eclecticism (Roberts & Green, 2013), to re-analyse existing data behind a previously published paper by Drummond, Halsey and van Breda (2012). It does this through an examination of the role of the rural in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Rural Education, Distance Education
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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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Roberts, Philip – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2013
Teachers in rural schools are often caught in a binary between a curriculum and "official" pedagogies that value cosmopolitan ways of being and their own situated concerns for the interests of the students they teach and the communities in which they live. In this paper I draw on the example of two categories of (history) teachers, those…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers