Educational access for Australia's rural young people: a case of social exclusion

Margaret Alston, Jennifer Kent

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The social and economic effects of globalisation in rural communities is well - documented. Ageing populations, loss of services and employment opportunities are typical of rural areas in many western industrialised countries. Focusing on declining access to tertiary education, this paper argues that a lack of adequate policy is creating socially excluded young people in country towns. In particular, drawing on research conducted in the Centre for Rural Social Research at Charles Sturt University, it argues that the financial cost of education is creating a huge barrier for many rural families. If rural areas are to benefit from globalisation, a skilled workforce is critical. Declining rural access to tertiary education exacerbates power differentials resulting from globalisation and therefore restrains access" to the opportunities of globalisation and hinders rural revitalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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