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Challenging the Great Divide: Metrocentric Educational Policy and Practices

Ledger, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7050-1001, Masinire, A. and Delgado, D. (2019) Challenging the Great Divide: Metrocentric Educational Policy and Practices. In: AARE 2019: Education for a Socially just World, 1 - 5 December 2019, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane


Trends in urban growth has seen regional attractiveness decrease and an ageing and shrinking rural population. Both trends resulting in declining opportunities for development, investment and access to services in rural, regional and remote (RRR) contexts (OECD, 2018). This image of RRR discourse represents “persistent and entrenched locational disadvantage” (Reid, 2017, p.88). Moreover, metrocentric educational policy texts contribute further to the widening division between rural and urban schooling. Whilst accepting that there are challenges in RRR contexts, it is important to counter current discourse by encouraging ‘success place studies’ as a starting point for change (Reid, 2017). Principals and teachers are central to developing a culture of change and community of practice in RRR contexts because the provision of ‘quality education’ lay at the heart of any RRR community success. Education has the ability to attract families to the region as well as provide employment opportunities for locals (Trinidad et al, 2014).

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