Going up country: Tree change teachers

Colin Boylan, Ingrid Koeneff

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In recent years the notion of a ‘sea change’ has become popularised through a number of television programs such as ‘Sea change’ and the “Real Sea Change”. Typically, this life changing event is associated with a move from an urban centre to a coastal place usually as the person approaches retirement.In this study, an exploration of the reasons why some teachers opt for a life changing move to a rural place - not the coastal place - are examined. This rural change is called a tree change. The biographies and demographics of these tree changing teachers are explored. Additionally, the study sought information on the adjustment and settling in processes for these tree changing teachers as they moved into both their new rural school and the community in which they lived.Implications for rural staffing of schools are drawn from this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd SPERA
Subtitle of host publicationCollaboration for success in rural and remote education and training
EditorsE. Terry
Place of PublicationPerth Western Australia
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)0977549313
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventSociety for the Provision of Education for Rural Australia (SPERA) National Rural Education Conference - Perth Western Australia, Australia
Duration: 29 Aug 200731 Aug 2007


ConferenceSociety for the Provision of Education for Rural Australia (SPERA) National Rural Education Conference


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