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Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education

  • Ann K. Schulte
  • Bernadette Walker-Gibbs

Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Ann K. Schulte
    Pages 1-13
  3. Rediscovering Rural Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Gaelene Hope-Rowe
      Pages 73-98
  4. Notions of Rural as Heaven or Hell

  5. Impact of International Identities on Understandings of Rural Places

About this book


The purpose of this book is to highlight the work of teacher educators in the field of rural education. In this book, education faculty who work in teacher education study the ways in which one’s identity impacts one’s teaching and the partnerships with rural schools. Although the field of research on teacher preparation has an abundance of studies on preparing students for the challenges of urban settings, there is much less emphasis on rural education, despite the prevalence of rural schools. This book problematises notions of rural or rurality which is often considered via a deficit or a generalised model where a stereotype of one kind of rural is outlined. Developing more multi-faceted understandings of rurality is a key to attracting and retaining teachers who understand the complexities and opportunities of living and working in rural spaces.


Rural education Rural identity Rural school politics Rural teacher education Self study methodology Self study teacher education Teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Ann K. Schulte
    • 1
  • Bernadette Walker-Gibbs
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationCalifornia State UniversityChicoUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationDeakin UniversityWarrnamboolAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education
  • Editors Ann K. Schulte
    Bernadette Walker-Gibbs
  • Series Title Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
  • Series Abbreviated Title Self Study of Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-17487-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37150-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-17488-4
  • Series ISSN 1875-3620
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1850
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
    Sociology of Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education provides audiences with an engaging, international perspective into the use of self-study in research and practice in rural settings. Researchers will find the volume useful in its description of the current state of self-studies in educational practice; the citations in each chapter offer a wealth of resources. Teacher educators will find the book useful for the case studies of teaching in rural settings; the descriptions provide discussion points for classes engaged in teacher education.” (Casey Thomas Jakubowski, Journal of Research in Rural Education, Vol. 31 (1), 2016)