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Harnessing social capital in rural education research to promote aspiration and participation in learning

Kilpatrick, S ORCID: 0000-0003-2473-9814, Woodroffe, J ORCID: 0000-0003-1798-9655, Katersky Barnes, R ORCID: 0000-0001-9391-6277 and Arnott, L 2021 , 'Harnessing social capital in rural education research to promote aspiration and participation in learning', in P Roberts and M Fuqua (eds.), Ruraling Education Research: Connections Between Rurality and the Disciplines of Educational Research , Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd., Singapore, pp. 219-132.

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This chapter draws on experience of rural education research projects fromearly childhood to adult learning to explore how rural places can promote aspirationand participation in learning. It considers research about non-classroom learningenvironments offered by rural places and discusses the utility of social capital inboth research design and as an analytical framework to explore the influence of‘rural place’ in promoting (or otherwise) aspiration and participation in learning. Itpresents vignettes from four rural learning research projects to expose elements ofgood practice in rural research. These include understanding and being respectful toplace and its values, developing trust, respecting the contributions of rural people, andcommunicating in non-academic language the aims of research including benefitsfor both community and researchers. The chapter argues that authentic, multifacetedresearch partnerships that build social capital between researchers and community can yield mutually beneficial outcomes for researchers and rural communities,including fostering participation of underrepresented groups in post-school educationand training.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Kilpatrick, S and Woodroffe, J and Katersky Barnes, R and Arnott, L
Keywords: rural education research, social capital, place-based
Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-981-16-0131-6
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