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What we're about out here: the resilience and relevance of school farms in rural Tasmania

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Corbett, M ORCID: 0000-0001-9617-4643, Brett, P ORCID: 0000-0003-3519-0345 and Hawkins, C-L 2017 , 'What we're about out here: the resilience and relevance of school farms in rural Tasmania' , Journal of Research in Rural Education, vol. 32, no. 4 , pp. 1-12 .

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Abstract

School farms were established in Tasmania in the 1930s following a visit of an Australian education official to the United States and the United Kingdom. There are still more than 30 school farm operations functioning in some capacity throughout the state, unlike in the rest of Australia where similar small school farms are not common. In this article we analyzeinterviews undertaken in 2016 with 22 school farm educators about the state of Tasmania’s school farms, what they do, how they are seen in their communities, what challenges they face, and how they integrate the agricultural program with the demands of contemporary curriculum. While these school farms face considerable challenges, we conclude that they have a unique place in the state’s education system, a powerful symbolic presence in rural communities, and significant potential to provide relevant, valuable, and potentially transformative curriculum and pedagogy in support of educational and rural development policy agendas.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Corbett, M and Brett, P and Hawkins, C-L
Keywords: rural education, Tasmania; school farms
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research in Rural Education
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University
ISSN: 1551-0670
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Copyright 2017 Journal of Research in Rural Education

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