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Educational Research and Schooling in Rural Europe: An Engagement with Changing Patterns of Education, Space, and Place (hc) (Hardcover)

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By Cath Gristy (Editor), Linda Hargreaves (Editor), Silvie R. Kučerová (Editor)
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This book provides authentic accounts of the effects of the revolutionary political reform experienced in the past half century on education in Europe's considerable rural hinterland. These reforms include the liberation of the Baltic and Eastern European states from Soviet communist domination, the 'eurozone' economic crises, and the current and future migration of people fleeing war and poverty from the Middle East and Africa. Overshadowing these events are so-called global forces which champion economies of scale and pressurize academic performance as keys to economic success. Trapped in this distal whirlwind of change are 1000s of small and/or rural elementary schools and the life chances of more 1000s of young children.

The research presented here unveils the unseen and under-reported consequences of top-down, urban-oriented educational policies on children's and communities' experience of place and space. Exposure of these conditions in rural Europe is long overdue, but obscured for decades by political extremes of left and right. Yet, the lived reality of peremptory and swathing school closure programmes, and poverty inflicted on rural populations in parts of Eastern Europe is relatively unreported in the western educational literature - a situation exacerbated by the virtual invisibility of rural educational research generally.

The chapters in this book reveal the insights of social science scholars from 11 European countries including those from low GDP, formerly soviet bloc countries, recently enabled to present their research at western European conferences such as the European Educational Research Association. Their research will inform and alert education academics, researchers and professionals to these rural European educational contexts. The research methodologies reported are diverse and innovative. The national context chapters are complemented by overview chapters which survey and synthesise (i) definitions and conceptualisations of rural, (ii) pan-European appraisal of educational, structural and geospatial statistics on small and rural schools, and (iii) identify key messages for better understanding of the rural situation in European research, policy and practice. Crucially, despite the gloom, the authors report positive strategies for rural school survival at governmental and/or school and community levels, that include community involvement, rural educational tourism, and deliberative inter-community school network planning.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781648021640
ISBN-10: 1648021646
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2020
Pages: 426
Language: English