Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 189–198 | Cite as

Oral traditions, changing rural landscapes, and science education

  • Sarah Riggs StapletonEmail author


This forum response extends the argument made by Avery and Hains that oral traditions can be useful for including the cultures and contexts of rural areas within science instruction. To buttress the oral expressions presented in Avery and Hains, I compare oral expressions of a second rural area, 600 miles to the South, in Eastern North Carolina. I explore similarities and differences in expressions from the two areas and consider the changing rural context within Eastern North Carolina. I add a consideration of larger demographic shifts impacting many rural areas—particularly in the US South—and close with a discussion of implications for science education.


Rural education Oral traditions Place Equity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education StudiesUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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