Rural and regional Victorian communities are undergoing rapid change and dislocation due to the combined impact of economic, cultural and environmental forces. There is a concern at the state and national level at the disadvantage suffered by students and teachers in these communities in relation to learning and employment pathways. This program conducts research in order to:
- Investigate the nature of regional and rural school or tertiary students' experience in education that would provide insight into barriers to, and real and potential supports for educational opportunity
- Better understand the available resources and interactions within these communities that could improve the educational and life opportunities of students, enhance teacher professional learning, attract quality teachers, and impact on community quality of life
- Investigate the sustainability of environmental and cultural practices that enhance educational opportunities and community wellbeing
- Forge alliances with community stakeholders in order to harness individual and collective resources and capacities, and increase the commitment in the School and Faculty of regional and rural-related research in particular provide a mentoring role for early career researchers interested in this area.