Redefining the urban-rural divide

Year: 2004

Author: Grenfell, Mike

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

How do practising teachers and educators enrolled in a Master of Education program view the urban-rural divide in Australia and elsewhere? Using postings to a Discussion Board this paper looks at teacher's awareness of social justice and equity issues as they affect educational provision in the rustbelt areas of the cities and amongst communities in rural and remote areas of Australia. After situating themselves on the divide, participants then engage in memory work and relate two stories of city or country life which are subsequently deconstructed by other members of the group. The paper seeks to identify changes in beliefs and understandings during the period spent on-line; and how teachers and educators believe the issues identified can be addressed.