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Impact of school locality on teaching and learning: a qualitative inquiry

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Chand, DD ORCID: 0000-0002-8712-7842 and Mohan, P 2019 , 'Impact of school locality on teaching and learning: a qualitative inquiry' , Waikato Journal of Education, vol. 24, no. 2 , 65–72 , doi: 10.15663/wje.v24i2.672.

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Abstract

This research examined the impact of school location on teaching and learning through a case study oftwo urban, two rural and two remote Fijian secondary schools. A total of 48 semi-structured interviewswere conducted: 16 from each category of urban, rural and remote. Each school was represented bythree teachers, three heads of department and two administrators. The study established that rural andremote schools often face different challenges to their urban counterparts: geography, poverty andfunding influence the quality of education. Leadership support and adequate resources are the key tobreaking the overreliance on traditional methods of teaching and enhancing student classroom interestand participation. Finally, just as schools serve different communities, geographical location impactson external links, cooperation and professional exchange and development. Understanding the impactof school locality on teaching and learning in Fiji should benefit other developing nations and theeducational community at large.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chand, DD and Mohan, P
Keywords: teaching and learning, case study, urban, rural, remote, secondary schools, school locality
Journal or Publication Title: Waikato Journal of Education
Publisher: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Division of Education, University of Waikato
ISSN: 2382-0373
DOI / ID Number: 10.15663/wje.v24i2.672
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Copyright 2018 the Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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