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dc.contributor.authorBalfour, Robert J.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T09:44:37Z
dc.date.available2016-06-14T09:44:37Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationBalfour, R. J. (2012). Rurality research and rural education: Exploratory and explanatory power. Perspectives in Education, 30(1), 9-18.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-2236 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/2877
dc.description.abstractThis article presents analysed data from the first year of the Rural Teacher Education Project (RTEP 2007–2009) with a view to illustrating how a generative theory of rurality as education research was developed, and for which ends it might be utilised. The article suggests that data from projects in rural communities, which take the rural as context, need to interrogate the role and purpose of education in such contexts in relation to notions of social and professional identity. I argue for the application of a social theory in which the rural is linked to the possibilities of identity and interaction in terms of the quality of teacher education and the quality of education in rural communities. The theory accounts for the ability of people (in this case teachers) to sustain themselves in space and time – both as subjects and agents able to resist or transform the environment, depending on resources available. It also illuminates the reality, or otherwise, of subjectivities and perceptions in our collective imaginary concerning education and the transformation project in South Africa.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Education, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectRuralityen_ZA
dc.subjectGenerative theoryen_ZA
dc.subjectAgencyen_ZA
dc.subjectForcesen_ZA
dc.subjectResourcesen_ZA
dc.subjectIdentityen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunity developmenten_ZA
dc.titleRurality research and rural education: exploratory and explanatory poweren_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Education, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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