Learning to Leave: The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community

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Fernwood Pub., 2007 - Education - 297 pages
The relationship between rural communities and contemporary education is analyzed in this innovative case study of the town of Digby Neck, Nova Scotia. Rather than supporting place-based curriculums and establishing social, economic, and cultural networks within suburban populations, the modern school has typically stood in opposition to local life. Contemporary classes also incorrectly teach rural children that their communities and traditional lifestyles have nothing of value to offer. This report explains that if education is to be democratic and serve the purpose of social and cultural elevation, then it must adapt to the specificity of its locale.

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Mike Corbett teaches in the School of Education at Acadia University following a nineteen year career as a public school teacher in Manitoba and in Nova Scotia. His research focuses on the dynamic and ambivalent relationship between life in rural communities and the structures and processes of schooling and adult education. Mike received his early education in Amherst, NS and holds degrees from Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of British Columbia.Mike has published in scholarly journals including: Rural Studies, The McGill Journal of Education, Journal of Research in Rural Education, The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Historical Studies in Education, trans/forms, Teachers College Record, The Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and The Canadian Journal of Education. Mike also does editorial work and adjudication for several academic journals including The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, The Canadian Journal of Education, The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, and The Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. Mike has been principal investigator on two grants (1998-2001 and 2004-2007) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He has also adjudicated research grant applications for SSHRC since 2005. Mike is currently undertaking a three year study of outmigration, formal and informal learning and educational decision-making among

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