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Rural Education and Communities

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Rural Education & Communities Research Group

Program Leader: Associate Professor Philip Roberts

About

The Rural Education & Communities research group leads research focused on empowering rural schools and their communities.  With a focus upon the sustainability of rural communities the Rural Education & Communities research group aims to make a lasting contribution to both theoretical and practical developments in rural education research.  Situated within rural sociology, the sociology of knowledge, educational sociology and social justice the Rural Education & Communities research group is informed by the spatial turn in social theory and sustainability.

Core Research Themes

The Rural Education & Communities research group focuses upon the following core themes:

  • Rurality.  This theme focuses upon the theorization of rurality as a phenomena of modernity.  Under this theme we are expanding the theoretical tools of rural education by expanding the theoretical connections with rural studies (rural geography & rural sociology) as they pertain to education.
  • Space, place & spatial justice (social justice).  This theme continues the leading work in the rural education field on relation to spatial theory, place theory and the emerging theories of spatial justice.  In this area the Rural Education & Communities research group continues to lead theoretical developments based on empirical data.  This includes the analysis of large-scale empirical data to explore the spatial dimensions of educational achievement and community capitals.
  • Rural Regional Sustainability. The Rural Education & Communities research group works with communities for sustainable community outcomes.  This involves a focus upon rural knowledges within education systems, and the human capitals of rural communities.
  • Rural standpoint methodologies. The Rural Education & Communities research group continues to develop innovative research methodologies that value rural people, places and communities.  This work is cross-disciplinary in character and value multiple ways of knowing and researching our world.  Through these approaches The Rural Education & Communities research group helps to reshape the way rural ‘disadvantage’ is constructed.

Current Projects

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