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Rural Education: Myths, Challenges and Opportunities

Summary

Professor Corbett will offer a critique of some lingering myths about rural education and explore some of the social and spatial tensions that animate the field.

Start Date

22nd Mar 2017 6:00pm

End Date

22nd Mar 2017 7:30pm

Venue

School of Architecture & Design, Inveresk campus

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presented by

Michael Corbett

Michael Corbett

Professor of Rural and Regional Education
Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania

To a large extent, compulsory formal education in many parts of the world, has developed in tandem with urbanization. Indeed, education itself has been described as an “urbanization of the mind,” and the very idea of being educated is typically represented by the possession of a set of sensibilities, interests and practices associated with city life. One contemporary example of the conflation of urban social space and education is the way that recent political developments like the election of Donald Trump, the rise of One Nation, and the Brexit vote are attributed to rural voters, and by extension, to educational deficits in rural areas.

In this lecture, Professor Corbett will offer a critique of some lingering myths about rural education and explore some of the social and spatial tensions that animate the field. Additionally he will then suggest some emerging challenges and leverage points that may productively refocus debates about rural education on broader questions of sustainability, justice, and the changing face of the global countryside.

About Michael Corbett

Mike Corbett came to the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania in 2015 from Acadia University in eastern Canada.  His research explores the ambivalent and complex relationship between mobility practices, schooling, work and identity in rural communities.


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