Navigating the Rural Terrain: Educators' Visions to Promote Change

  • Margaret Vaughn University of Idaho
  • Melissa Saul University of Hawaii - West Oahu


Advocates of rural education emphasize the need to examine supports which may promote rural educators given the challenging contexts of which they face. Teacher visioning has been conceptualized as a navigational tool to help sustain and promote teachers given high-challenging contexts. The current study explored 10 public school teachers from rural areas in the Pacific Northwest, and their visions and challenges to practicing their visions in their respective school environments. Findings suggest that visions were described in three domains: visions of students, visions of self as teacher, and visions of school. Teachers expressed visions of self as 'change agents,' and often expressed a sense of responsibility and vulnerability as they worked to weave knowledge of effective pedagogy, teacher leadership principles, and self-reflection to implement change in their individual schools.  


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Author Biographies

Margaret Vaughn, University of Idaho
Margaret Vaughn is an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Idaho. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses centered on literacy and research methodologies. Her research interests include adaptive teaching, issues of agency and literacy instruction. She works with pre-service and in-service teachers to explore and generate ideas and practices meaningful to literacy instruction.
Melissa Saul, University of Hawaii - West Oahu
Melissa Saul is an Educational Specialist with a dual appointment in the Division of Education and Office of Sustainability at University of Hawaii @ West Oahu. Her teaching has focused on social justice and global education within teacher education. Her research interests include issues of education and citizenship in a global society, culturally responsive pedagogy and place-based education.  
How to Cite
Vaughn, M., & Saul, M. (2013). Navigating the Rural Terrain: Educators’ Visions to Promote Change. The Rural Educator, 34(2).
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