Virtual School Meanderings

October 4, 2017

[AIJRE] New Issue Published: Rural Schools as Hubs for the Socio-Educational Development of Communities

A rural education item from yesterday’s inbox.

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education

Dear Readers,
the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education has just
published its latest issue at
We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web
site to review articles of interest.

AIJRE new issue 27(2)
Special Edition: Rural Schools as Hubs for the Socio-Educational Development
of Communities.
Guest editors: Robyn Henderson and Joana Lúcio

Dr Philip Roberts
Chief Editor

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Vol 27, No 2 (2017): Rural Schools as Hubs for the Socio-Educational
Development of Communities
Table of Contents

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Editorial (1-5)
Robyn Henderson,        Joana Lúcio

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Exploring young people’s perceptions and attitudes towards their progression
to university: A Scottish rural perspective (6-17)
Laurence Lasselle
Building a sense of community belonging: Making mobile families welcome in a
rural Australian school (18-30)
Robyn Henderson
A Case Study Of How An Irish Island School Contributes To Community
Sustainability, Viability And Vitality (31-45)
Peter Edward Gill
Interrogating the social impact of English language teaching policies in
Colombia from the vantage point of rural areas (46-60)
Ferney Cruz-Arcila
“Yes, The Power Is In The Town”: An Ethnographic Study Of Student
Participation In A Rural Swedish Secondary School (61-76)
Monica Johansson
Battling Declining Enrolment in the Upper Midwestern United States: Rural
Schools in a Competitive Society (77-92)
Jennifer L. Seelig
Community perspectives and the politics of water in rural Australia:
Rural-regional sustainability education in the Murray Darling Basin (93-107)
Amy McPherson,  Philip Roberts, Natalie Downes
Effects of One Laptop Per Child Programs in the Daily Lives of People
Excluded from the Community: The Role of South European Rural Schools
Joaquin Paredes-Labra,  Inmaculada Tello,       Alicia Kachinovsky
Rural Schools and Local Development in Portugal: Rehabilitation,
Participation and Socio-educational Innovation (122-135)
Joana Lúcio,    Fernando Ilídio Ferreira
Migrant Mothers Becoming Active Agents In A United States Midwestern
Context: Building Strengths By Breaking Down The Outside-Inside Barrier
Judith A. Gouwens,      Robyn Henderson

May 12, 2017

Job Ad: Virtual School Program Manager

Please see the job ad below for an opportunity to work with Cathy Cavanaugh (an opportunity I’d highly recommend having collaborated with her on several projects in the past).

Virtual School Program Manager

Catholic Education Office of WA


Virtual School Program Manager

Digital Transformation Team

About Us

Catholic Education in Western Australia (CEWA) is the second largest education provider in the state. We cater for more than 74,000 students and employ more than 11,000 people in 163 schools.

Catholic Education Western Australia strives to create progressive environments that enhance learning. Our culture is underpinned by our LEAD model of Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship. Our aspiration is to provide a world-class Catholic education system where all our students, staff and parents flourish.

The Team

Our Leading Lights initiative is a digital transformation program that will empower our schools, students, parents and staff to reimagine the way we teach, learn and serve in order to deliver a world-class learning experience.

The Role

This is a full time role to support a very exciting project. Key responsibilities for this role include:

  • Managing the development and operation of system-wide virtual school programs.
  • Ensuring effective professional learning for virtual teachers and mentors.
  • Drawing on trends and evidence in virtual and blended learning, personalised and outcomes based learning, digital content and relevant knowledge bases.
  • Working collaborative with content providers and CEWA school leaders.
  • Integrate leadership, pedagogy and learning environments to create and lead an equitable and appropriate learning experience and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Your background

  • Graduate Degree in Education Leadership, eLearning or related field.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in school leadership, education program, design, online learning, online teaching, online course development and related standards.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in needs assessment and instructional design for primary, secondary and adult learners.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to overcome challenges through imaginative problem solving whilst setting new boundaries with creative thinking – both with a positive mindset and “can-do” attitude.

What we can offer you

  • Additional leave entitlements (over Christmas 4 days & 1 day over Easter)
  • Competitive salary
  • Salary packaging
  • Deferred salary scheme
  • Free onsite parking
  • Heritage listed office environment
  • Staff canteen service
  • Wellness program
  • Corporate healthcare rates
  • Employee assistance program.

Further Information:

For a copy of the Job Description and Selection Criteria please email

Contact Person:  Cathy Cavanaugh, Head of Digital Transformation Learnings on (08) 6380 5403 or

To Apply:

Interested applicants must submit a short summary addressing the selection criteria and their current curriculum vitae, including the names and contact numbers of at least two work related referees (current/past line managers).  .

A current National Police History Check as issued by the Department of Education Western Australia must be provided by the successful applicant.

Where to?

All applications are to reach The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Catholic Education Office of WA by, no later than 12pm, Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Catholic Education Western Australia encourages applications from culturally diverse background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability or medical condition who meet the requirements of this position. To be eligible to apply for this role you must be legally permitted to work in Australia.

Applicants must be fully supportive of the objectives and ethos of Catholic education.

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

5 May 2017

  • Location:
    Perth CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
  • Salary:
    $167, 327 – $187, 615
  • Work type:
    Full Time
  • Classification:
    Education & Training Management – Schools

March 17, 2017

[AIJRE] New Issue Published

Notice of a new issue of this journal appeared in my inbox overnight on Tuesday.  Note the flipped classroom article.

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education

Dear Readers

The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education has just
published the final issue for 2016 at This issue was delayed due to
the migration of the Journal to a new server. We thank all of our users for
their patience during this time and now invite you to review the Table of
Contents and then visit our web site to engage with the articles.

We congratulate our authors, trust that you will find the articles of
interest and encourage you to consider submitting a paper to the Journal or
registering your interest as a reviewer.

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.
Dr Philip Roberts
Chief Editor AIJRE

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Vol 26, No 3 (2016)
Table of Contents

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Editorial (1-2)
Philip Roberts


Rurality, Nigeria’s massification policy on access to basic education and
turnover causations amongst teachers (3-17)
Oluwole Alfred Olatunji,        Stephen Oluwatoyin Ajayi
Integrating digital technologies in the classroom: Lecturers’ views on the
flipped classroom approach (18-29)
Karim Hajhashemi,       Nerina Caltabiano,      Neil Anderson

Dr Philip Roberts
Chief Editor
Australian and International Journal of Rural Education

November 16, 2016

[AIJRE] New Issue Published

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Dear Readers

The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education has just
published its latest issue at

As the Journal is being moved to the SPERA website it has also been
published there. You can access it at
Simply click on the Journal title under the photograph.

The process of migrating the journal to its new home has not been without
its challenges. Over the next week or so all registered users will have
their details entered into the system and a password will be emailed to you.
If you do not receive an email with a new password it means that your
current password should still work. However please do not hesitate to
contact the Journal Manager, Di Gardiner ( with her
name in the subject line, if you have any difficulty accessing the Journal.
You can also just log in and click the forgotten password link which will
allow you to reset it or go directly to the reset password page at

Please note that if your email address changes you should access the Edit My
Profile link and change it.

We apologise for any inconvenience which may be experienced and thank you
for your patience during this transition phase.

We now invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our
web site to engage with the articles which we hope you will find

Thank you for your continuing interest in our work, and we encourage all our
readers to consider contributing to the Journal as authors and/or reviewers.

Best wishes

Editorial Team: Philip Roberts, Sue Ledger, Paula Jervis-Tracey and Elaine

Di Gardiner
Journal Manager

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Vol 26, No 2 (2016)
Table of Contents

Editorial (1-3)
Phillip Roberts

Rural and regional students’ perceptions of schooling and factors that
influence their aspirations (4-18)
Jane Watson,    Suzie Wright,   Ian Hay,        Kim Beswick,    Jeanne Allen,   Neil

The experience is in the journey: An appreciative case-study investigating
early career teachers employment in rural schools (19-33)
Faye McCallum,  Sarah Hazel

Transitioning from university to teaching in schools located in rural and
remote settings (34-48)
John Ewen See Haynes,   Judith Anne Miller

G’aim’ing to be a rural teacher?: Improving pre-service teachers’ learning
experiences in an online rural and remote teacher preparation course (49-62)
Amanda Heffernan,       Roderick Fogarty,       Elaine Sharplin

Rural school teaching in Zimbabwe: Mentoring experiences of beginning
primary school teachers. (63-76)
Lilian Manwa,   Tabitha Grace Mukeredzi,        Lokadhia Manwa

Australian and International Journal of Rural Education

May 13, 2016

Article Notice – The Straight Truth About Online Learning In The Straits: An Investigation Into The Nature Of Education In A Rural And Remote Region Of Newfoundland And Labrador

A notice of this article of mine that was recently published.

Mulcahy, D., Barbour, M. K., & Lahiri, M. (2016). The straight truth about online learning in the Straits: An investigation into the nature of education in a rural and remote region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 26(1), 27-41. Retrieved from


This paper reports on a naturalistic research project that was conducted in response to the educational concerns of the coastal rural communities of Labrador Straits. The research project investigated the current provision of education available to the children and the youth of these communities and found that due to declining population, changing demographics, lack of qualified teaching staff in the region and several other interrelated factors, there was an increased reliance on online learning in the small rural schools of the Straits as well as other rural regions of the province.

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