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Research Articles

Research Articles ontribute to our understanding of educational issues in rural contexts. Submissions must explicitly address rural education by defining rural and/or by extensively describing the unique rural setting.  Research that happens to be set in a rural setting but does not explicitly addres rural education in review of literature, research question, findings and/or discussion/implications will not be published.

Research articles are typically about 25 pages in length, including references.

Empirical research articles will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1) Current and sufficient review of literature grounds the study in rural education contexts

2) Research methodology is appropriate and sufficiently described

3) Data analysis and findings/results are appropriate and adequately described

4) Appropriate and thorough discussion of conclusions, implications and lmitations, including implications for rural education

5) Significance of the research for rural education contexts

6) Clarity of writing (syntax, style, mechancis, organization)

7) Overall level of scholarship 

Promising Practice Articles

Promising Practices articles are intended to highlights effective and emerging practices by and for educators in rural settings.  The Rural Educator encourages submissions from a variety of voices in educational settings with expertise about practices that hold promise to support teaching and learning in rural education including teachers, administrators, community leaders, non-profit organizations and others with experience in rural education. Promising Practices should describe the rural educational setting, the practice and its outcomes, and may include reflections on rural education practices. Educators who have found success with particular instructional practices, assessments, collaboration and partnerships, or other educational practices are encouraged to share those experiences with readers of The Rural Educator.

Manuscripts submitted for Promising Practices can take many forms, including multi-media and other forms. Typical submissions are 15-20 pages but may vary.

Promising Practices manuscripts will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

1) Describes a practice significant to rural education with sufficient detail so that the reader understands the practice

2) Describes the rural education setting or connection to rural education

3) Description of practice is aptly described with concrete, specific, relevant examples from one or more rural education setting

4) Describes or discusses the practice in light of current, appropriate literature (theory and scholarship)

5) Provides a thorough discussion of implications and conclusions for rural education policy or practice

6) The promising practice is significant for rural education

7) Writing is clear (syntax, style, mechanics, and organization)

Reviews of Research

Reviews of Research synthesize research related to a specific topic within the research priorities outlined in the National Rural Education Association Research Agenda—2016-2021. The purpose of the NREA Research Agenda is to identify broad areas where further study of student experiences in the rural context are essential for building capacity and advancing rural students’ educational attainment. While each priority defined by the NREA Research Agenda may not be uncommon in the field of education, there may be little research in each priority area that explicitly addresses rural education.  For this reason, the editors of The Rural Educator seek Reviews of Research that address priorities in the NREA Research Agenda. Reviews of Research should summarize and synthesize specific topics within one of the NREA Research Priorities and identify gaps in the research as they relate to rural education contexts.

Reviews of Research are typically under 30 pages in length, including references.

Reviews of Research will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1 )Addresses a significant problem area within one of the ten priority areas of the NREA Research Agenda

2) Establishes importance of the topic for rural education

3) Reviews current and seminal research within the topic area

4) Thoroughly and succinctly summarizes and synthesizes research within the topic area

5) Explicitly identifies findings and gaps in the literature as they relate to rural education

6) Makes recommendations for future research where further study of student and educational experiences can contribute to building capacity and advancing students’ attainment in rural contexts

7) Writing is clear (syntax, style, mechanics, and organization)