Rural Education As Rural Development: Understanding the Rural School–Community Well-Being Linkage in a 21st-Century Policy Context

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Abstract

Despite the significant proportions of rural Americans, schools, and public school students situated in the geographic peripheries of an increasingly urbanizing country, rural education in the United States has consistently occupied both scholarly and policy peripheries. This is to the detriment of rural America, especially to the extent that public policy and educational practice may work at cross-purposes with the vitality and well-being of rural communities. This paper examines these issues and, more specifically, considers the relationship between rural education and rural community development. I argue that rethinking the purposes of education, particularly within rural contexts, may help not only to more clearly articulate a sensible rural education policy, but, in the process, more clearly articulate broader rural development policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages18
JournalPeabody Journal of Education
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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