Teacher experience of rurality
Preparing for a rural career
Module 1: Understanding rurality
Module 2: Understanding place
Module 3: Understanding rural teacher identity
Module 4: Working with communities
Module 5: Getting to know rural students' lives
Module 6: Professional experience
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Module 7: Advice in getting a job

Module 5: Getting to know rural students' lives

Focus: Student learning


  1. Know about and understand how to develop place-based learning experiences that connect the local and the global.
  2. Know a range of strategies related to how to work collaboratively with colleagues, school support staff, other professionals and community‚Äźbased personnel to enhance student learning and wellbeing in Rural and Regional communities.


Key readings

Duffy, B. & Caro, R. (2007). Bush school [DVD]. SBS-TV and Enhance TV: Neutral Bay, NSW.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics. (n.d). Funds of knowledge: Learning from language minority households. ERIC Digest: Washington, DC. Available from: http://www.eric.ed.gov:80/PDFS/ED367146.pdf

Grant, E. (1998). My land my tracks: A framework for the holistic approach to indigenous studies. Innisfail, QLD: Innisfail and District Education Centre. Available from: http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/indigenous/docs/uncle-ernies-framework.pdf

Nixon, H., B. Comber, et al. (2007). River literacies: researching in contradictory spaces of cross-disciplinarity and normativity. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 6(3): 92-111. Available from: http://edlinked.soe.waikato.ac.nz/research/journal/view.php?article=true&id=501&p=1

Shamah, D. & MacTavish, K.A. (2009). Making room for place-based knowledge in rural classrooms. The Rural Educator, 30(2): 1-4. Available from: http://www.ruraleducator.net/archive/30-2/Research%20Brief.pdf

Thomson, P. (2002). Schooling the rustbelt kids: Making the difference in changing times. Allen and Unwin: Crows Nest, NSW.

Thomson, P. & Hall, C. (2008). Opportunities missed and/or thwarted? 'Funds of knowledge' meet the English national curriculum. The Curriculum Journal, 19(2): 87-103.

Key resources

White, S. (2006). What does a rural school look like? Country Teaching [DVD], Geelong, Victoria: Deakin University. Available from: http://vimeo.com/25013478



These photos below were taken in a particular small scale rural dairy community in Victoria.



The 'Australian Farm series' is a collection of 12 small books written by Susan Jackson. As a teacher, Susan found that the books available to her class were particularly 'metro-centric' in their content and terminology. Her books are a wonderful example of how a teacher can create their own resources to better match the learning experiences and build from these experiences using place based pedagogy.

Source: Jackson, S. (1999). Grain Harvesting Equipment. Australian Farm Series. Ballarat, Victoria: Avalon Books.

Investigate a particular primary industry and the appropriate terminology and expected tasks of this industry. Create a set of classroom resources that are inclusive of this knowledge for students.