The private problem with public service: Rural teachers in educational markets

Lassig, Carly, Doherty, Catherine Ann, & Moore, Keith (2015) The private problem with public service: Rural teachers in educational markets. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 47(2), pp. 117-139.

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Abstract

Staffing rural and remote schools is an important policy issue for the public good. This paper examines the private issues it also poses for teachers with families working in these communities, as they seek to reconcile careers with educational choices for children. The paper first considers historical responses to staffing rural and remote schools in Australia, and the emergence of neoliberal policy encouraging marketisation of the education sector. We report on interviews about considerations motivating household mobility with 11 teachers across regional, rural and remote communities in Queensland. Like other middle-class parents, these teachers prioritised their children’s educational opportunities over career opportunities. The analysis demonstrates how teachers in rural and remote communities constitute a special group of educational consumers with insider knowledge and unique dilemmas around school choice. Their heightened anxieties around school choice under neoliberal policy are shown to contribute to the public issue of staffing rural and remote schools.

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ID Code: 82510
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 10 Mar 2015. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 10 September 2016
Keywords: dilemma, middle class, neoliberalism, parents, rural staffing, school choice, teachers
DOI: 10.1080/00220620.2015.996863
ISSN: 1478-7431
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Educational Administration and History, 10 March 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00220620.2015.996863
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2015 23:12
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 15:52

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