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2018
Volume 54, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0007-8204
  • E-ISSN: 1943-2216

Abstract

English education candidates deserve time and support to consider how school and community coexist and to think deeply about they want to be English teachers. This study used multiple case study analysis to better understand participants’ negotiation of sense of belonging (SOB) in rural schools and communities across experiences: a rural-intensive practicum course, a student teaching semester, and/or contracted teaching jobs in rural schools. In looking over time and across experiences, this paper builds an understanding of how English teachers develop (or do not develop) rural SOB. Data include written reflections and auto-photography that represent practicum students’ understanding of their placement community and rural English classroom (all names of people and places are pseudonyms). We follow those who accepted rural student teaching placements and/or chose rural schools for their first teaching position, adding interviews into our corpus. We describe participants’ interactions with space, curriculum, and people as they negotiate a rural SOB. We offer insight into what English teachers foreground and where they experience tensions as they position themselves (and others) in rural schools and communities.

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