Journal of Research in Rural Education (Online)

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Vol. 30, No. 7, 2015

Rural Elementary Teachers and Place-Based Connections to Text during Reading Instruction
Schooling can play a role in bolstering a sense of community, but research suggests that curriculum may serve to isolate teachers and students from their rural surroundings. In this qualitative case study, we asked if the literacy curriculum and instruction...
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Vol. 30, No. 6, 2015

Organizational Challenges for Schools in Rural Municipalities: Cross-National Comparisons in a Nordic Context
In this study, the spatial structure of primary schools and alternative organizational frameworks are studied in a number of rural municipalities in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The aim of the study is to investigate how the spatial...
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Vol. 30, No. 5, 2015

Tensions Impacting Student Success in a Rural Community College
This article describes a qualitative study examining factors influencing the decision-making processes of traditional-age students living in rural, southeastern Kentucky as they progress toward acquiring a bachelor's degree using the community college...
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Vol. 30, No. 4, 2015

Identifying, Analyzing, and Communicating Rural: A Quantitative Perspective
Defining rural is a critical task for rural education researchers, as it has implications for all phases of a study. However, it is also a difficult task due to the many ways in which rural can be theoretically, conceptually, and empirically operationalized....
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Vol. 30, No. 3, 2015

Why Rural Schools Matter
Tieken, M. C. (2014). Why rural schools matter. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 236 pp. ISBN 978-1-4696-1848-7Despite the fact that nearly 51 million students in the United States receive their education in rural communities, rural educational...
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Vol. 30, No. 2, 2015

Obstacles to Enhancing Professional Development with Digital Tools in Rural Landscapes
This case study examines the use of online tools, including blogs, as a means of enhancing face-to-face professional development in writing instruction for teachers in rural districts. Since many rural districts serve large physical areas that are geographically...
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Vol. 30, No. 1, 2015

Identifying the Factors That Contribute to Involuntary Departures of School Superintendents in Rural America
Rural school districts play an important part in the national educational landscape. Not only do they provide nearly one in four U.S. children with many skills, including those needed to enter college, but they also act as an economic stabilization force...
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Vol. 29, No. 13, 2014

Rural Districts Left Behind? Rural Districts and the Challenges of Administering the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The purpose of this study was to inform the upcoming and overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by exploring whether rural school districts face disadvantages as they attempt to follow the law's s provisions and,...
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Vol. 29, No. 12, 2014

Three Rejoinders in Search of an Author
The three rejoinders that follow engage ideas in Amy Azano's critique (q.v.) of our study of dissertations with a dual focus on rural education and curriculum and instmction (C&I). The journal editors invited a rejoinder to the critique, and we have...
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Vol. 29, No. 11, 2014

Motives, Methods or Quality?: Making Sense of Howley, Howley and Yahn
In their recent article, "Motives for Dissertation Research at the Intersection between Rural Education and Curriculum and Instruction," Howley, Howley, and Yahn (2014) describe a rigorous and time-consuming study examining mral education dissertations...
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Vol. 29, No. 10, 2014

Transforming Teachers' Work Globally: In Search of a Better Way for Schools and Their Communities
Kimonen, E., & Evalainen, R. (Eds.) (2013). Transforming teachers' 'work globally: In search of a better way for schools and their communities. Citation: Hargreaves, L. (2014). Review of the book Transforming teachers' work globally: In search of...
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Vol. 29, No. 9, 2014

The Value of People, Place and Possibilities: A Multiple Case Study of Rural High School Completion
What are the qualities of classroom, school, and district processes and practices in rural high schools with higher-than-average graduation rates? How do these processes and practices compare with rural schools with histories of average graduation rates?...
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Vol. 29, No. 8, 2014

Trades and Aides: The Gendering of Vocational Education in Rural Alberta
This article examines two Canadian high school work experience programs that focus on rural youth. The first encourages students to consider work in skilled trades, while the second encourages them to become qualified as healthcare aides. Both programs...
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Vol. 29, No. 7, 2014

Early Experiences Implementing Voluntary School District Mergers in Vermont
This article describes the implementation of an initiative to encourage voluntary school district mergers in Vermont. The law was intended to increase educational opportunities for Vermont students while reducing costs. Three research activities were...
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Vol. 29, No. 6, 2014

The Role of Postsecondary Institutional Urbanicity in College Persistence
Students from rural areas are less likely than their urban or suburban counterparts to attend college (Adelman, 2002; Hu, 2003). Although theorists have postulated that institutional urbanicity directly affects college student outcomes (Berger &...
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Vol. 29, No. 5, 2014

Motives for Dissertation Research at the Intersection between Rural Education and Curriculum and Instruction
Dissertation literature focusing on issues of curriculum and instruction (C&I) in rural schools has substantially increased since 1987. We located 580 possibly rural C&I dissertations and subsequently identified 194 as probably rural; of these...
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Vol. 29, No. 4, 2014

Rethinking Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives
Rethinking Rural Literacies: Transnational PerspectivesCitation: White, S. (2014). Book review "Rethinking rural literacies: Transnational perspectives." Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29(4), 1-2.Rethinking Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives...
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Vol. 29, No. 3, 2014

Mentored Research in a Tribal College Setting: The Northern Cheyenne Case
Citation: Ward, C., Jones, K. W., Madsen, B., Coles, R., Rich, L., & Knapp, S. (2014). Mentored research in a tribal college setting: The Northern Cheyenne case. Journal of Research in Rural Edu- cation, 29(3), 1-17.The current study, which focuses...
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Vol. 29, No. 2, 2014

Connecting for Innovation: Four Universities Collaboratively Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Teach in Rural and Remote Western Australia
Citation: Trinidad, S., Sharplin, E., Ledger, S., & Broadley, T. (2014). Connecting for innovation: Four universities collaboratively preparing pre-service teachers to teach in rural and remote Western Australia. Journal of Research in Rural Education,...
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Vol. 28, No. 10, 2013

Improvisation as a Curricular Metaphor: Imagining Education for a Rural Creative Class
Rural communities contain a largely unacknowledged innovative capacity founded on improvisational traditions. These traditions may be rooted in work practices in agriculture and other rurally-based productive activities but today they have expanded into...
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Vol. 28, No. 9, 2013

Female-Only Classes in a Rural Context: Self-Concept, Achievement, and Discourse
Two middle schools in rural east Texas implemented an optional, single-sex program. Although previous studies have documented the effects of single-sex instruction, and recent educational innovations have focused on its benefits, little research has...
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Vol. 28, No. 8, 2013

"Like Human Beings": Responsive Relationships and Institutional Flexibility at a Rural Community College
Drawing on data from a program serving displaced workers and adult students, this article explores how students at a small rural-serving community college in North Carolina believe rurality influences their retention. We review the research and descriptive...
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Vol. 28, No. 7, 2013

Young People Making It Work: Continuity and Change in Rural Places
In Young People Making it Work, Hernán Cuervo and Johanna Wyn use data from the Youth Research Centre's longitudinal Life Patterns study to follow Australian rural young adults over the span of two decades, giving voice to those coming of age during...
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Vol. 28, No. 6, 2013

Place-Based Mathematics Education: A Conflated Pedagogy?
The debate between local interests and national perspectives plays out on many stages, including that of mathematics education. The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI, 2010) laid the foundation for standardized academic goals across the country....
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Vol. 28, No. 5, 2013

Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir and Those Who Work, Those Who Don't: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America
Citation: Butler, T. (2013). Review of the book Rainbow pie: A redneck memoir, by J. Bageant, and Those who work, those who don't: Poverty, morality, and family in rural America, by J. Sherman. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 28(5), 1-4. He may...
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Vol. 28, No. 4, 2013

Rural Minority Student Engagement with a Healthcare Pipeline Program
Rural communities are underserved by the medical profession. This shortage is particularly acute for minority rural communities lacking reliable access to minority healthcare professionals. This article reports the results of a study designed to understand...
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Vol. 28, No. 3, 2013

The Rural Practicum: Preparing a Quality Teacher Workforce for Rural and Regional Australia
Communities play a critical role in supporting pre-service teachers during rural and regional professional experience. This support, coupled with access to teacher educators and university resources, appears to positively influence graduate attitudes...
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Vol. 28, No. 2, 2013

Alaska Native Education: Views from within and Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools
Alaska Native Education: Views From Within and Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools Citation: Hall, D. (2013). Review of the book Alaska Native education: Views from within, by R. Barnhardt & A.O. Kawagley, and...
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Vol. 28, No. 1, 2013

American Indian/First Nations Schooling: From the Colonial Period to the Present
American Indian/First Nations Schooling: From the Colonial Period to the Present Citation: Charley, E. (2013). Review of the book American Indian/First Nations schooling: From the colonial period to the present, by C.L. Glenn. Journal of Research in...
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Vol. 27, No. 13, 2012

Situating the Rural Teacher Labor Market in the Broader Context: A Descriptive Analysis of the Market Dynamics in New York State
Expanding accountability systems that impose policies across all schools have amplified assertions that rural teacher labor markets differ from non-rural labor markets in meaningful ways that complicate rural schools' efforts to comply with the policy...
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Vol. 27, No. 12, 2012

Rural and Urban High School Dropout Rates: Are They Different?
This study estimates the high school dropout rate in rural and urban areas, the determinants of dropping out, and whether the differences in graduation rates have changed over time. We use geocoded data from two nationally representative panel household...
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Vol. 27, No. 11, 2012

Changes in the Spatial Distribution of Elementary Schools and Their Impact on Rural Communities in Czechia in the Second Half of the 20th Century
This article addresses the changes in the spatial distribution of elementary schools in Czechia in the second half of the 20th century and the consequences of these changes on the functioning of rural communities. The spatial distribution of elementary...
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Vol. 27, No. 10, 2012

Action Research Supporting Students' Oral Language in Northern Canadian Schools: A Professional Development Initiative
Interview, document, and observational data were used to examine grade K-2 teachers' and literacy coaches' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of collaborative action research as a professional development initiative in rural schools. Eleven teachers...
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Vol. 27, No. 9, 2012

Economic Restructuring and Family Wellbeing in Rural America
Citation: Demi, Mary A. (2012). Book review "Ecomonic restructuring and family wellbeing in rural America." Journal of Research in Rural Education, 27(9). Retrieved from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/27-9.pdf.With the approaching presidential election,...
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Vol. 27, No. 8, 2012

Leadership Practices of Effective Rural Superintendents: Connections to Waters and Marzano's Leadership Correlates
This study examined the leadership practices of seven rural superintendents, selected via a sampling strategy which identified disadvantaged rural districts that had experienced marked increased in test scores during the superintendent's tenure. Researchers...
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Vol. 27, No. 7, 2012

Social Goals, Social Status, and Problem Behavior among Low-Achieving and High-Achieving Adolescents from Rural Schools
The current research examines how social goals and perceptions of what is needed for social status at school relate to school misbehavior and substance use among rural adolescents (N = 683). Results indicate that social goals and perceptions of social...
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Vol. 27, No. 6, 2012

Becoming to Remain: Community College Students and Post-Secondary Pursuits in Central Appalachia
Using data gathered from students attending Southeast Community and Technical College in Harlan County, Kentucky, this article discusses how a commitment to place informs and shapes rural students' decisions around post-secondary education, career, and...
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Vol. 27, No. 5, 2012

Teacher Identity in a Multicultural Rural School: Lessons Learned at Vista Charter
In this paper, we describe a 30-month qualitative exploration of diverse teachers' identities in a high-poverty, bilingual, K-8 public charter school in rural eastern Oregon. First, we use the perspectives of saberes docentes and a situated view of teacher...
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Vol. 27, No. 4, 2012

School Leadership for Authentic Family and Community Partnerships:Research for Transforming Practice
Book Review School Leadership for Authentic Family and Community Partnerships:Research for Transforming Practice Hal A. Lawson The University at Albany Citation: Lawson, H. A. (2012). Book review "School leadership for authentic family and community...
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Vol. 27, No. 3, 2012

Stretching to Survive: District Autonomy in an Age of Dwindling Resources
This case study focuses on a four-district collaborative that shared services for more than 15 years in an effort to retain rural schools and thereby to preserve community identity. With population losses in the four districts and suburbanization in...
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Vol. 27, No. 2, 2012

Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy
Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy Citation: Shannon, T., & Shannon, P. (2012). Book review "Reclaiming the rural: Essays on literacy, rhetoric, and pedagogy." Journal of Research in Rural Education 27(2). Retrieved...
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Vol. 27, No. 1, 2012

I'll See That When I Believe It: A Dialogue on Epistemological Difference and Rural Literacies
Why read? We take a turn in the conversation initiated by Jean Stockard's article, "Increasing Reading Skills in Rural Areas: An Analysis of Three School Districts" (2011a), with a dialog in which we engage the epistemological positions at play within...
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Vol. 26, No. 15, 2011

Critique and Erasure: Responding to Eppley's "Reading Mastery as Pegagogy of Erasure"
Karen Eppley's commentary (2011) on Dr. Stockard's article, "Increasing Reading Skills in Rural Areas: An Analysis of Three Rural School Districts" (Stockard, 2011), uses selected details as points of departure for a critique of Reading Mastery, a structured...
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Vol. 26, No. 14, 2011

Enhancing Achievement in Rural Schools: A Reply to Eppley
I appreciate the opportunity to reply to Professor Eppley's comment on my paper that was recently published in the Journal of Research in Rural Education (Stockard, 2011b). Her paper contains numerous statements that misrepresent both the content of...
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Vol. 26, No. 13, 2011

Reading Mastery as Pedagogy of Erasure
Jean Stockard's (2011) article in the Journal of Research in Rural Education, "Increasing Reading Skills in Rural Areas: An Analysis of Three School Districts," offers a productive opportunity to discuss the standardization of language and literacy teaching...
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Vol. 26, No. 12, 2011

Career Changers as First-Year Teachers in Rural Schools
The challenges novice teachers face as they adjust to inservice teaching are well documented. However, relatively little attention has been given to beginning teachers in rural schools who have had previous careers in other professions. We used qualitative...
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Vol. 26, No. 11, 2011

Sending off All Your Good Treasures: Rural Schools, Brain-Drain, and Community Survival in the Wake of Economic Collapse
Based in qualitative interviews and ethnographic research conducted in the remote rural town of "Golden Valley," California, this paper explores the roles of schools and education in structuring rural community life in the wake of economic devastation...
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Vol. 26, No. 10, 2011

The Posssibility of Place: One Teacher's Use of Place-Based Instruction for English Students in a Rural High School
Educational practices that purposely seek to tie the realities of place to instruction, particularly for the purpose of student engagement, are typically referred to as place-based education. This study investigates how one teacher considered place in...
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Vol. 26, No. 9, 2011

Rural Elementary School Teachers' Technology Integration
Based on survey responses from more than 500 third-grade teachers, this study addressed three research questions relating to technology integration and its impact in rural elementary schools. The first analyses compared rural with non-rural teachers,...
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Vol. 26, No. 8, 2011

Increasing Reading Skills in Rural Areas: An Analysis of Three School Districts
Reviews of research on rural education suggest that identifying ways to help rural schools improve teachers' pedagogical skills should be a high priority. This article addresses this issue by examining changes in reading skills through the primary grades...
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Vol. 26, No. 7, 2011

Technology Leadership in Native American Schools
Principals of schools serving Native American students have a unique role as technology leaders. They must be cognizant of technological demands, government mandates, as well as unique societal and cultural needs. In this study, the researchers conducted...
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Vol. 26, No. 6, 2011

Remote Island Students' Post-Compulsory Retention: Emplacement and Displacement as Factors Influencing Educational Persistence or Discontinuation
Through ethnographic research using grounded theory we examined social, cultural and locational factors which result in low post-compulsory retention rates of remote island students. The research, conducted by an island "insider," followed a cohort of...
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Vol. 26, No. 5, 2011

Rural Education for the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Place, and Community in a Globalizing World
Rural Education for the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Place, and Community in a Globalizing WorldCitation: Woodrum, A. (2011). Book review "Rural education for the twenty-first century: Identity, place, and community in a globalizing world." Journal...
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Vol. 26, No. 4, 2011

Want to Be a Country Teacher? No, I Am Too Metrocentric
Within the city-state of South Australia, the problem of attracting teachers to teach in rural schools is of long standing. We propose that "metrocentricity" can be viewed as a personal trait inhibiting teachers from considering country positions. In...
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Vol. 26, No. 3, 2011

Plans to Live on a Reservation Following College among American Indian Students: An Examination of Transculturation Theory
This paper focuses on American Indian college students and uses transculturation theory to examine factors related to self-reported plans to live on a reservation following completion of college. Transculturation theory assumes a strong cultural identity...
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Vol. 26, No. 2, 2011

Phronesis: Children's Local Rural Knowledge of Science and Engineering
This study analyzes videotaped interviews and 407 photographs taken by 20 grade 5 and 6 students in rural New York State to document their science and engineering learning. Aristotle's concept of phronesis or practical wisdom frames the findings and...
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Vol. 26, No. 1, 2011

Mathematics Course-Taking in Rural High Schools
Using data from the 2005 NAEP High School Transcript Study, this paper examines the mathematics course-taking of rural high school students. Although several studies indicate rural high school students' mathematics achievement is comparable to that of...
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Vol. 25, No. 8, 2010

Two Rural Worlds: Differences of Rural High School Students' Motivational Profiles in Indiana and Colorado
Citation: Hardré, P. & Hennessey, M. (2010). Two Rural Worlds: Differences of Rural High School Students' Motivational Profiles in Indiana and Colorado. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 25(8). Retrieved from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/25-8.pdf.This...
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Vol. 25, No. 7, 2010

The Rural Context and Secondary School Enrollment: An Ecological Systems Approach
This study uses an ecological systems framework to examine how indicators of individual, family, and school contexts are associated with post-secondary educational enrollment among a sample of rural youth. Structural equation modeling allows us to examine...
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Vol. 25, No. 6, 2010

Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America Citation: Kazyak, E. (2010) Book Review "Out in the country: Youth, media, and queer visibility in rural America." Journal of Research in Rural Education 25(6). Retrieved from http://jrre.psu.edu.articles/25-6.pdf.Mary...
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Vol. 25, No. 5, 2010

An Examination of the Provision of Supplemental Educational Services in Nine Rural Schools
Under the No Child Left Behind Act schools that fail to make progress in having students reach proficiency are designated in "need of improvement." If this continues, schools that receive federal Title I funds are required to offer their low income students...
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Vol. 25, No. 4, 2010

School, Community, and Church Activities: Relationship to Academic Achievement of Low-Income African American Early Adolescents in the Rural Deep South
The relationship of participation in school, community, and church activities to the academic achievement (i.e., end-of-year school grades) of African American youth in rural low-income communities was examined. Participants included 280 students (177...
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Vol. 25, No. 3, 2010

Hollowing out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America Citation: Harmon, H. (2010) Book Review "Hollowing out the middle: The rural brain drain and what it means for America." Journal of Research in Rural Education 25(3). Retrieved...
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Vol. 25, No. 2, 2010

A Phenomenological Study of Rural School Consolidation
This study is an investigation of how school consolidation between 2003 and 2006 affected the lived experience of students and educators in four Arkansas high schools. We present findings from twenty-three interviews with students, teachers, and school...
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Vol. 25, No. 1, 2010

Traveller, Nomadic and Migrant Education
Traveller, Nomadic and Migrant EducationCitation: Clark, C. (2010). Book review "Traveller, nomadic, and migrant education." Journal of Research in Rural Education, 25(1). Retrieved [date] from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/25-1.pdfIt is the measure of...
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Vol. 24, No. 16, 2009

Student Characteristics and Motivation in Rural High Schools
This research tested a path model for how rural high school students' self-perceptions and environmental perceptions influence their course-related interest, school engagement, and ultimately, post-graduation intentions. Participants were 414 students...
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Vol. 24, No. 15, 2009

Critique and Fiction: Doing Science Right in Rural Education Research
This essay explains the relevance of fiction to the practice of rural education research, in so doing engaging questions about the nature and purposes of research and, therefore, of science itself. Although many may assume science and fiction (in this...
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Vol. 24, No. 14, 2009

Education Now: How Rethinking America's Past Can Change Its Future
Education Now: How Rethinking America's Past Can Change Its FutureCitation: Hogg, C. (2009). Book review "Education now: How rethinking America's past can change its future." Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(14). Retrieved [date] from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/24-14.pdfThe...
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Vol. 24, No. 13, 2009

Migration and Education in a Multicultural World: Culture, Loss, and Identity
Migration and Education in a Multicultural World: Culture, Loss, and Identity Citation: Donehower, K. (2009). Book review "Migration and education in a multicultural world: Culture, loss, and identity." Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(13)....
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Vol. 24, No. 12, 2009

Assimilation, Resistance, Rapprochement, and Loss: Response to Woodrum, Faircloth, Greenwood, and Kelly
To begin I would like to thank Michael Barbour for suggesting this themed issue in the Journal of Research in Rural Education. I would also like to thank Kai Schafft for taking up this suggestion and recruiting such an outstanding group of scholars concerned...
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Vol. 24, No. 11, 2009

Learning to Lose: Rurality, Transience, and Belonging (A Companion to Michael Corbett)
In Learning to Leave, Michael Corbett (2007) documents the ironies and contradictions of formal education and rurality, demonstrating how education is implicated in the depopulation and decline of rural areas, a consequence of increasing urbanity, in...
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Vol. 24, No. 10, 2009

Place, Survivance, and White Remembrance: A Decolonizing Challenge to Rural Education in Mobile Modernity
Michael Corbett's writing on the irony of schooling in rural places inspires me to reconsider how place shapes my commitments and my learning as a White, educated class, land- and place-attached American male. In a time of climate change, economic collapse,...
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Vol. 24, No. 9, 2009

Re-Visioning the Future of Education for Native Youth in Rural Schools and Communities
In Learning to Leave, Corbett (2007) argues that (1) education has served as a tool to disassociate students-both physically and culturally-from the places from which they come, particularly if they are from rural places, in effect creating an ambivalence...
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Vol. 24, No. 8, 2009

Cultural Identity and Schooling in Rural New Mexico
Following the Río Grande north from New Spain in 1540, Francisco de Coronado entered what would become New Mexico, searching for the fabled seven cities of gold. What he found instead was a poor, if hauntingly beautiful landscape where native peoples,...
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Vol. 24, No. 7, 2009

Rural Schooling in Mobile Modernity: Returning to the Places I've Been
In my book Learning to Leave: The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community (Corbett, 2007) I make the claim that there is a deep and established connection between formal education and mobility out of rural areas. The book reports on a study undertaken...
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Vol. 24, No. 6, 2009

Willingness to Fund Public Education in a Rural, Retirement Destination County
Citation: Clark, C. D., Lambert, D. M., Park, W. M., & Wilcox, M. D. (2009). Willingness to fund public education in a rural, retirement destination county. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(6). Retrieved [date] from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/24-6.pdfRetiree...
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Vol. 24, No. 5, 2009

A Rural High School's Collaborative Approach to School Improvement
Citation: Chance, P. L., & Segura, S. N. (2009). A rural high school's collaborative approach to school improvement. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(5). Retrieved [date] from http://jrre.psu.edu/articles/24-5.pdfThis study examines the...
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Vol. 24, No. 4, 2009

Rural Schools and the Highly Qualified Teacher Provision of No Child Left Behind: A Critical Policy Analysis
While there is a growing body of work that considers the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) for rural schools, literature that critically examines the policy itself is lacking in rural educational research. This critical policy analysis...
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Vol. 24, No. 3, 2009

Distance Education Use in Rural Schools
A national survey of rural school systems in the United States was conducted to determine the extent to which distance education is being utilized by rural schools, the technologies used, the curriculum areas impacted, the perceived needs for distance...
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Vol. 24, No. 2, 2009

Local Democracy, Rural Community, and Participatory School Governance
This article considers the indigenization of democracy in India by conceptualizing participatory deliberative decision-making practice as a tool to strengthen the functioning of local schools and to enhance democratic responsiveness within communities....
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Vol. 24, No. 1, 2009

Case Study of Leadership Practices and School-Community Interrelationships in High-Performing, High-Poverty, Rural California High Schools
Many rural California high schools are impacted by the disadvantages of poverty, non-English speaking students, limited resources, changing demographics, and challenges of the rural context. Focusing on contemporary leadership theories and school-community...
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Vol. 23, No. 7, 2008

Placing Teachers? Sustaining Rural Schooling through Place-Consciousness in Teacher Education
This paper explores two seemingly disparate areas of social inquiry: teacher education and the sustainability of rural communities in Australia. It suggests that these may be usefully understood in close connection with each other, and that healthy rural...
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Vol. 23, No. 6, 2008

Creating Physical Education in Remote Australian Schools: Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance through Communities of Practice
This paper reports on a qualitative case study undertaken in a remote part of Queensland, Australia. While there is some modest agreement about the capacity of contemporary information technologies to overcome the problems of schooling in areas of extreme...
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Vol. 23, No. 5, 2008

The Small Rural School Principalship: Key Challenges and Cross-School Responses
This article explores the responses of school principals of small rural schools in Victoria, Australia to leadership challenges they identify as characteristic of these contexts. The research is an exercise in grounded theory building, with the focus...
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Vol. 23, No. 4, 2008

Differences in Child Care Quality in Rural and Non-Rural Areas
This study examines rural differences in one important indicator of quality for licensed child care settings-the number of children per adult. It also investigates the relationships between cost of child care, child care subsidy receipt, and child care...
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Vol. 23, No. 3, 2008

Social Class, Amish Culture, and an Egalitarian Ethos: Case Study from a Rural School Serving Amish Children
This article presents a case study of egalitarian educational practices evident in a rural school that served a large proportion (40%) of Amish students. The Amish are a pacifist Christian sect widely misunderstood as quaint and even backward; their...
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Vol. 23, No. 2, 2008

Place-Based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity
Place-Based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity. D. Gruenewald and G. Smith, Eds. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008, 377 pp., ISBN 13-978-0-8058-5864-8.Without a doubt, Place-Based Education in the Global Age is an important and timely...
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Vol. 23, No. 1, 2008

Rural Literacies
Rural Literacies. K. Donehower, C. Hogg, and E. E. Schell. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007, 233 pp., ISBN 978-0-8093-2749-2.We recently attended a meeting of reading teachers in a rural school district in northwestern Pennsylvania....
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