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Rural Leaders, Rural Places: Problem, Privilege, and Possibility

By: Kathleen Budge
Date: May 2008

Summary: Kathleen Budge reveals the disconnect between educators' feelings of privilege residing in a rural community and problems they see for their students in these communities. She calls for "critical leadership of place" based on awareness of this paradox.

 

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I present a case study of the influence of rurality and a sense of place on leaders' beliefs about purposes of local schooling and their concomitant theories of action in one rural school district. Interview data show that despite their portrayal of life in the valley as a privilege, most leaders viewed their place as presenting more problems than possibilities in the lives of most students. I conclude with the suggestion that a critical leadership of place may best address the strengths and challenges found in much of rural America.

Copyright © 2006. Reprinted by permission from the Center on Rural Education and Communities, Penn State College of Education.
Budge, Kathleen. 2006. "Rural Leaders, Rural Places: Problem, Privilege, and Possibility." In Journal of Research in Rural Education 21 (13). University, PA: Center on Rural Education and Communities, Penn State College of Education.

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