Australian education and rural-regional sustainability


  • Bill Green CSU



This paper seeks to develop a case for (re)thinking education and sustainability with specific reference to rural Australia. It proposes a critical view of rural-regional sustainability, taking into account notions of bioregionality and ecosocial change. Two key points are made. One is the assertion that rural education as such is better reformulated as education for rural-regional sustainability. The other is the introduction of a reconceptualised view of public education, as explicitly embracing formal, informal and non-formal sectors, and considering schools therefore within a larger, more comprehensive view of educational practice addressed to the task of educating the public. Education thus understood is a crucial resource for developing informed, active citizenship and community regeneration in the Anthropocene age.

Author Biography

Bill Green, CSU

Bill Green is Emeritus Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus, NSW. His research interests range across literacy studies and curriculum inquiry, English curriculum history, doctoral studies, education for rural-regional sustainability, and professional practice education. His recent publications include Rethinking Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, co-edited with Michael Corbett, and The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education: Body/Practice (Springer, 2015), co-edited with Nick Hopwood.




How to Cite

Green, B. (2015). Australian education and rural-regional sustainability. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 25(3), 36–49.