Introduction: Why Rural Matters in Canadian Education
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In this chapter, we introduce the book and its genesis. We highlight some of the features of the Canadian rural education context and address the particularity of Canada’s highly decentralized system of educational governance and delivery and how this influences the provision of education across a vast geography. We also elaborate how we understand the rural suggesting that contemporary spatial theory can productively support complex, relational understandings of rural education and rural teacher education. We conclude with a brief “road map” of the territory the book traverses.
KeywordsRural education Policy Canada
We would like to thank our co-authors who provided input into both this introductory chapter and the concluding chapter of this book. Ray Bollman, Dianne Looker and Dawn Wallin particularly offered strong critical commentary which we think has strengthened our analysis. We, of course, take full responsibility for inevitable errors of commissions, commissions and other deficiencies.
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