Adult education in rural areas: lessons from students in the South Australian context

Marchant, Jillian (2014) Adult education in rural areas: lessons from students in the South Australian context. In: Husain, Ahrar, Masih, Aejaz, Husain, Ilyas, and Bhatia, Harjeet Kaur, (eds.) Education as a Right Across the Levels: challenges, opportunities and strategies. Viva Books, New Delhi, India, pp. 1064-1071.

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This paper discusses the accessibility of educational opportunities for individuals that reside in areas located outside of the metropolitan areas. It does so by understanding the reports of a small number of adult students residing in the rural communities of South Australia. Previous reports about marginalised communities and their inhabitants report that engaging with education facilitates social influence: enhancing an individual's life chances across the life course and assisting development of their community. This study assists an evaluation of education provision in terms of identifying improvements through the perspective of the recipients of current education initiatives. Recipients revealed their education experiences through semi-structured interviews, allowing rich insight into the deep concerns that face adults who engage with education as rural residents. Appreciation of the issues raised by the contributors demonstrates that hopes for equitable involvement and educational outcomes for individuals living outside of metropolitan areas rests on changes that are appropriate for the context of students. In conclusion, the reports from adult students contribute to- awareness of the challenges for rural residents and their communities: allowing suggestions for education in rural areas that assists both inhabitants and their communities.

Item ID: 37269
Item Type: Book Chapter (Other)
ISBN: 978-81-309-2746-6
Keywords: Adult Education, Rural Communities, Australia
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This paper was also presented at IEC 2014: International Education Conference 2014: Education as a Right Across the Levels: challenges, opportunities and strategies, 10-11 March 2014, New Delhi, India.

Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 01:17
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 20%
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