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About the Journal

The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education is the Journal of the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA). It serves as an international medium for educators and researchers with an interest in rural education.

Online ISSN 1839-7387

Print ISSN 1036-0026

Current Issue

Vol. 34 No. 1 (2024): What Does a Quality Education Look Like in Rural Schools?
Volume 34 Issue 1 March 2024

This issue of the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education features articles that describe and critically analyse rural education, the common thread being  'What Does a Quality Education Look Like in Rural Schools?'. The education settings discussed include Australia, Czechia, Iraq, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, and the United States. The studies presented reflect the huge diversity of rural schooling and the many factors that work to support quality education. What does quality rural education look like? It looks like teachers who have a strong connection to place, with strategies for teaching that connect with students from the place. It looks like teachers who are flexible and open to learning. It looks like a supportive system. It looks attractive to parents. It looks like contextualised learning. It looks like parents and communities engaged in their children's learning at school. It is potentially transformative. It looks like a workforce that has good access to professional learning options. It looks like good governance, with local Elders and community leaders involved and driving a vision for education. It looks like strong peer relationships, and a culturally safe learning environment. It does not necessarily look like the narrowly defined metrics that are often used to define success or the deficits that are too often described in association with rural education.

Published: 22-03-2024

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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. We encourage authors to refer to relevant articles published by the Journal.

Editorial Committee:

  • Associate Professor John Guenther, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Chief Editor.
  • Professor Sue Ledger, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Melyssa Fuqua, Monash University & University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Associate Professor Robyn Henderson, University of Southern Queensland

  • Serena Davie, Western Australian Department of Education

  • Natalie Downes, University of Canberra

  • Laurence Lasselle, University of St Andrews
  • Bronwyn Relf, University of Newcastle
  • Hernan Cuevo, University of Melbourne
  • Judy Gouwens, Roosevelt University
  • Gry Paulgaard, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Alex Washington, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Xin Fan, Durham University, UK

Consulting Editors (International Editorial Advisory Board)

  • Dipane Hlalale, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Philip Roberts, University of Canberra
  • Rhonda Oliver, Curtin University
  • Tessa Benveniste, CQ University
  • Nicoli Barnes, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania
  • Jayne Downey, Montana State University
  • Michael Corbett, Acadia University
  • Joana Lúcio, University of Minho
  • John Halsey, Flinders University
  • Cath Gristy, University of Plymouth