The purpose of this paper is to propose a new approach to sustainability using a ruralurban school partnerships model of education provision. Due to factors outlined in the paper, many rural schools have resources- built, human and curriculum- which are often under-utilized and which are consequently driving them ever nearer to closure, fundamentally because the cost per unit of service as determined by metrocentric modelling, is considered to be uneconomic. In contrast to this, many urban schools have to deal with capacity enrolments and are demanding extra resources to meet their obligations. These contexts plus the urgent need to do far more than is currently being done to ensure Australia has a future, is the basis for the new approach. Essentially, it involves significantly increasing the number of youth who spend a substantial amount of their time acquiring an education in rural areas, and in turn using this experience to contribute to their own development and sustainability.
|Title of host publication||Excellence in Scholarship|
|Subtitle of host publication||Transcending Transdisciplinarity in Teacher Education|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Print)||9462092567, 9789462092563|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2013|