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Vol 30 No 3 (2020): Community as an Anchor, Compass and Map for Thriving Rural Education

The papers presented in this issue gravitate around notions of community within rural, regional and remote education. These concepts of community are not new to us in education, particularly those of us with an interest in the teaching and learning that happens beyond the city limits. This concept is not new to our readership either, having already devoted attention to community in an earlier issue in 2020 and across the journal’s significant history. What these papers offer here is new perspectives on the priorities being pursued, the programs being developed and the opportunities arising from engaging community in all aspects of rural teaching and learning.

Published: 2020-11-16


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Contributions are welcome from both members and non members of SPERA on any aspect of rural education and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives at any level of education. The focus of the Journal is on addressing issues, challenges, developments and opportunities in rural education globally, and we encourage submissions which, for example:

  • Promote the development of rural education scholarship
  • Disseminate innovative ideas, actions, programs and policies in rural education
  • Link people interested in providing quality learning experiences in rural contexts
  • Provide a forum for new ideas and innovations in rural education
  • Share information and findings related to rural education issues and the development of programs.

The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education publishes peer-reviewed papers which may be scholarly accounts of educational research relevant to rural education, feature articles, research reports or integrative reviews (recommended length 6,000 to 8,000 words including references and endnotes, or at the Editors' discretion) or short articles, reports or book reviews (between 600 and 2,000 words). All submissions are double blind refereed.

Editorial Committee:

  • Dr Sue Ledger, Murdoch University, Australia - Chief Editor Policy.                   
  • Professor Jayne Downey, Montana State University, USA - Chief Editor Review.
  • Dr John Guenther, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
  • Dr Chad Morrison, Curtin University.
  • Dr Tony Brady, (formerly QUT).
  • Dr Melyssa Fuqua, Monash University & University of Melbourne, Australia.


 Consulting Editors:

  • Dr Amanda Heffernan, Monash University, Australia.
  • Associate Professor James Smith, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
  • Dr Cath Gristy, Plymouth University, United Kingdom.
  • Dr Hernán Cuervo, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ms Jillian Marchant, James Cook University, Australia.
  • Mr Nadeem Saqlain, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Professor Karen Noble, Australian Catholic University, Australia.
  • Dr Lynn Walker, University of Canberra, Australia. 
  • Professor Elaine Sharplin, Nazarbayev University, Kazikhstan

Rural Connections: Celebrating Schools and Communities (Non-refereed section)

  • Richard Lobb, Department of Education WA
  • Ms Natalie Downes, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Mr Justin Curry, Powlett River Primary School, Australia.

Associate Editors:

  • Associate Professor Philp Roberts, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Dr Jodie Kline, Deakin University, Australia.
  • Dr Aaron Drummond, Massey University, New Zealand.
  • Professor Tania Broadley, RMIT, Australia.