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Sea changes, tree changes and bush lessons: Post compulsory education and rural renewal

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By Bobby Harreveld, Geoff Danaher, Patrick Alan Danaher

Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-921348-19-8
Pages: ii+108


While technological, market and climatic variations have challenged some traditional rural industries and the communities of which they are a part, others have experienced a ‘sea change syndrome' in which the influx of people from metropolitan centres has dramatically affected these communities' demographic, cultural and economic life.

This Special Issue of Rural Society is addressed to policy makers, researchers and practitioners (teachers and tutors) working in formal and informal post-compulsory education sectors in regional and rural communities. The articles individually and collectively engage with the positive learning connections post-compulsory education can make among different rural and global communities. A feature of this collection is its cross-sectoral coverage from adult and community education, vocational education and training and university sector learning.

While acknowledging the challenges of providing post-compulsory education and training in such communities, the authors in this issue provide a much needed critical analysis of what works for particular cohorts of learners and why.

Geographically, the rural societies featured in these articles are in regional Australia-from Euchua and Bendigo in northern Victoria to Stanthorpe on the southern downs in Queensland and the western plains in New South Wales. In addition, they include rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador on the east coast of Canada and the central Appalachian mountains in the United States of America.

Readers will find contextualized and thought-provoking conceptualizations of post-compulsory education in the bush and will find research informed practices for program design and delivery that are grounded in the lived experiences of participants.

Authors have challenged us to consider the provision of post-compulsory education through new conceptual lenses in social contexts affected by climate change, challenges to rural industries, the 'sea change' and 'tree change' syndrome and shifting demographics. These bush lessons offer much to adults both young and old who wish to continue learning while living in regional, rural and remote communities throughout the world, and also to the educational providers charged with servicing their learning needs.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Sea Changes, Tree Changes and Bush Lessons
RE (Bobby) Harreveld, Geoff Danaher, Patrick Alan Danaher

Feature Articles

Tree changes or wholesale changes: The role of adult education in transitions in regional life
Robert Townsend, Melinda Delves
Providing post-compulsory education options through 'new-look' rural partnerships
Susan Mlcek
Perceptions of educational opportunities in small schools in rural Australia and Canada
Ken Stevens
Satellite lessons: Vocational education and training for isolated communities
Kylie Twyford, Stephen Crump, Alan Anderson
'That Bastard of a Learning Region …'
Terence Maybury
Community learning projects: Transforming post-compulsory education provision in rural communities
Kathryn McLachlan, Catherine H Arden
No time to fool around with the wrong education: Socialization frames, timing and high stakes educational decision making in changing rural places
Michael Corbett
Place-conscious capacity-building: A systemic model for the revitalisation and renewal of rural schools and communities through university-based regional stewardship
Jerry Johnson, Aaron Thompson, Kim Naugle
Practice Note: Rural Youth Revitalisation Project
Ken Gold, Denise M Reghenzani

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