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Infrastructure supporting teachers in the country: questions of equity arising from downsizing and restructuring

Brennan, Marie (2006) Infrastructure supporting teachers in the country: questions of equity arising from downsizing and restructuring. Education in Rural Australia, 16 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 1036-0026

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In this paper, the particular role of 'educational infrastructure' in rural areas is explored, with particular emphasis on what occurs for teacher professionalism as a consequence of this erosion of centralised provision. Most professional activities have been strongly reliant on different forms of infrastructure - largely invisible and taken for granted until it has been removed. Infrastructure includes, in this instance, education department provision of in-service activities, curriculum development consultation and support services such as educational advisors. While it is true that certain monies have been transferred to local school sites for the purposes of professional development for staff and school communities, the effect of the standardised budget system and the lack of attention to rural and regional issues, it is argued, suggest that new forms of inequality and discrimination within state education systems are emerging.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21843. infrastructure, educational economics, equal education, geographic isolation, remoteness, inservice education, teacher education, professional development, rural areas, regional, primary education, secondary education, globalisation, teachers, teaching, Australia, Australian
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 23:26
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2011 23:26
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