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Michael Corbett

Michael Corbett

Professor, Rural and Regional Education
Faculty of Education

Room A227, Building A, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3241 (phone)

Schools in rural areas have low retention rates and don't perform as well on standardised tests as their metropolitan equivalents. Fewer rural children also take up tertiary studies. Why is this the case? Are people disadvantaged by the place in which they live?

Improving rural education trajectories

Professor Corbett is studying education in rural communities to better understand the factors leading to rural disadvantage in education.

'A significant issue is the lack of availability of higher education in rural areas. This means that children need to leave home to access further studies, often as early as 16 years of age,' said Professor Corbett.

'The choice becomes either to stay at home and discontinue their studies, or move away from hearth and home. This decision is often both emotionally and financially difficult for families.

'Many parents don't want to see their children leave their community. And if they are willing, they may not have the funds to support them to do so. This is a global phenomenon in rural communities. It is one facet of the spatial organisation of contemporary societies that systematically disadvantage rural students.'

This tension around issues of mobility, tradition and formal education is a central focus of Professor Corbett's research.

Another issue is that rural education is often seen as useful only for those who want to leave, and not for those who want to stay.

'It is a bit of a truism that struggling rural communities require educated citizens in order to revitalise. But at the same time, places with strong and established primary resource economies stand to prosper with improved rural education,' said Professor Corbett.

'Despite everyone's best intentions, there can be a mismatch between what parents and kids see as their future and what is taught in school. A robust conversation about aspirations and what are called 'rural futures' is long overdue.

'Rural people live in the modern world. The products they produce are part of a global capitalist economy.

'Rural youth need an education that has the same quality, depth and rigour as young people in cities. In a modern economy, education is no less required for a life on the land than a life in the city. It is an issue of fairness and equity.'

Professor Corbett would like to see the level of education in rural areas improve from childcare right through to postgraduate education.

'School is an important institution in the community. All over the world, schools in rural communities are under threat. School is where children come together to have a collective communal experience, a place where challenges within the community can be explored. In an important sense, the school is the community in small places,' he said.

'In rural contexts, schools should be 'bigger' and include more services not fewer.'

Professor Corbett would like to see schools supported and expanded as multi-service community 'hubs' reflecting the unique needs of the area.

'Part of the challenge of rural education is that every rural area is different. Each area has its own challenges, its politics, and culture,' said Professor Corbett.

'Schools should embrace this diversity and uniqueness, drawing on the skills and knowledge of the community and providing a place where people can do the difficult intellectual work required for community development. Education is not just about what goes on in school, it is about the broader picture,' said Professor Corbett.

According to Professor Corbett, geography is an element of educational disadvantage that needs further exploration. And Tasmania, with its largely rural population and strong food economy, is a great place to do it.

Michael Corbett is a Professor of Rural and Remote education. His research explores historical and contemporary conceptions of the rural, and how these conceptions have influenced rural social and economic development, education, teacher education and literacies. Corbett's research themes have included rural outmigration, youth educational decision-making, education policy, small rural schools, and literacies in rural contexts. He is particularly concerned with questions of space, place and mobility in social and educational theory. His most recent work has focused on the renewal of small rural communities in Atlantic Canada. He has been published widely in scholarly journals in education, sociology, and anthropology, and he has published a number of books.


Before joining The University of Tasmania, Corbett was a professor in the School of Education at Acadia University in eastern Canada. He worked there in a number of roles including teaching social studies, language arts, and educational foundations to pre-service teachers, a variety of curriculum studies and educational foundations units at the graduate level including doctoral level units in education theory and research methodology. Professor Corbett began his career working as a teacher, consultant, and administrator in rural and remote communities in eastern and central Canada.

Much of Corbett's research is grounded in his experience as a teacher who lived for much of his adult life in communities outside metropolitan areas. For him, complex problems in rural education and in rural development are not abstract concerns, but the issues and problems faced by his family and friends. Community-oriented research and promoting critical democratic process are central to Professor Corbett's research agenda. He works primarily in qualitative research using life history, interviewing and narrative analysis as his principal methods.

Career summary


  • PhD (2001) 'Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community', University of British Columbia, Canada
  • MEd (1994), Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada
  • MA (1990) 'Mental retardation and ideology', Acadia University, Canada
  • BEd (Secondary Social Studies) (1983), Acadia University, Canada
  • BA (Hons) (1981) 'Socialization to retirement: An interactionist analysis', Acadia University, Canada

Languages (other than English)

  • French


Professional practice

  • President, Rural Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education
  • Australian Association for Educational Research
  • International Rural Network
  • International Sociological Association
  • World Educational Research Association

Administrative expertise

Graduate Coordinator, School of Education, Acadia University, 2011-2014


Rural education; Educational sociology; Social theory; Literacies; Educational policy; Politics of education; Space and place; Educational resistance; The sociology of knowledge

Teaching expertise

Units taught since 2002

  • Foundations of Educational Inquiry (Doctoral level)
  • Focus on Research Methods (Doctoral level)
  • Counselling in Rural Communities (Masters level)
  • Rural Education (Masters level)
  • Qualitative Research in Education (Masters level)
  • Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies (Masters)
  • Community Perspectives on School and Society (Masters)
  • The Sociology of Education (Masters level)
  • Elementary Language Arts (Undergraduate level)
  • Foundations and Contexts of Education (Undergraduate)
  • Videography in Classroom and Community (Undergraduate)
  • Teaching Secondary Social Studies (Undergraduate level)

Teaching responsibility

ESH 714 - Understanding Educational Inquiry

EPA 950 - Understanding Educational Inquiry

Research Appointments

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant Committee Member (Committee 5), 2013-2014.
  • Selection of Editor. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2014.
  • Assessor, Review of Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education, Brock University, 2014.
  • SSHRC Insight Grant Evaluator, 2012-13
  • Proposal Reviewer. United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program, Rural and Community Development, 2013 
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant Committee Member, Interdisciplinary, 2011-12
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant Member (Committee 17), 2010-11

Research Invitations

  • Flinders University, Adelaide Australia, January-February, 2013
  • University of Western Australia, Perth, February-March, 2013
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2011
  • University of Oulu (Finland), Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, May 2009

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  • Social theory
  • Educational sociology
  • Literacies
  • Canadian educational history
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Rural education
  • Community and curriculum
  • Space and place
  • Canadian educational policy
  • The politics of educational accountability
  • Early school leaving and resistance
  • School to work transitions
  • Youth studies
  • Masculinities
  • Mental health and education

Research Themes

Corbett's research is most closely aligned with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Fundamentally his research involves understanding the educational consequences and implications of globalization and modernity in and for rural communities. He has worked both in Canada and internationally on projects relating to literacies and creative practices in rural contexts, analysing educational transitions and decision-making of rural youth, the politics and sociology of education, and doing rural education policy analysis. Corbett's work also aligns with the University research theme of Better Health and he is currently undertaking work in Canada on developing community-based multi-service delivery systems through 'hub model' schools in rural locations in Atlantic Canada.

Corbett's ongoing projects include an analysis of innovative literacy practices using film and video in rural schools. This research used participatory research methods to involve pre-service teachers, in-service teachers and university researchers supported by professional film-makers to enhance literacy curriculum in a small town middle school in Atlantic Canada. Along with Canadian colleague Professor Ann Vibert of Acadia University and Dr. Mary Green, he is currently publishing pieces out of this study and is preparing a manuscript for Routledge entitled The Improvised Curriculum which will be published in late 2015 or early 2016.

Professor Corbett is also working with community groups to strengthen community-based educational programming in rural schools that are under threat of closure. This work focuses on developing rich, inclusive and more democratic conversations about the importance of schools in rural communities. Theoretically, this work is located in the dynamic tension between agency-focussed analytical and structurally-oriented critical research frames to analyse complex 'wicked problems' in rural education policy and practice.

While his work at the University of Tasmania is just getting under way, Professor Corbett is presently launching studies that analyse school farms and the structure of agricultural education in Tasmania and a study of the extension of Year 11 and Year 12 into high schools in rural Tasmania


  • 2014 Rural Literacies (co-authored with Professor Bill Green) nominated for the Canadian Association of the Foundations of Education book prize
  • 2012 Harrison McCain Fellowship, Acadia University
  • 2011 Faculty of Professional Studies. Research Excellence Award, Acadia University
  • 2008 Learning to Leave, Honourable Mention, Founder's Prize, Canadian History of Education Association
  • 2008 Learning to Leave, long list for Evelyn Richardson Memorial Prize for Non-fiction
  • 2008 Learning to Leave nominated for the Founder's Prize, Canadian History of Education Association

Current projects

Corbett, M. (2013-2017). Small Schools in a Big World: Toward Policy that works. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. $233 785 (Role: Principal Investigator). This ongoing project is an investigation of the complexity of rural education governance in Atlantic Canada. Along with my research team which includes Dr. Jennifer Tinkham (postdoctoral research assistant), Jennifer Riley (doctoral research assistant), Kimberley Smith (technical support), and a number of masters level researchers we are working on creating space for democratic dialogue and conducting an analysis of the clash of worldviews between provincial and regional educational governance authorities and rural citizens, activists and local government. This research employee Actor Network theory and critical theories to examine and intervene in the wicked problems surrounding the viability of small rural schools in the context of neoliberal governance.

Baeck, U., Paulgaard, G. & Corbett, M. (2012-14). Rural futures and the institutions of higher education. Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), $52 150 (Role: Co-applicant). This project is a collaboration between colleagues in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tromsø and Acadia University. In this project we have developed a jointly offered course in rural education which has included student and faculty exchanges. We are currently working on a forthcoming collaborative research project.

Fields of Research

  • Continuing and Community Education (130101)
  • Education Systems (130199)
  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Education (139999)
  • Sociology of Education (160809)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Secondary Education (130106)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)
  • Equity and Access to Education (939903)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • School/Institution Community and Environment (930402)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • School/Institution (930499)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • School/Institution Policies and Development (930403)
  • Education and Training Systems Policies and Development (930501)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Workforce Transition and Employment (939908)


The Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has funded Professor Corbett's research program since his doctoral studies in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He has been awarded SSHRC research grants in 1998, 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2013. He has published widely in scholarly education journals including: the Canadian Journal of Education, the Anthropology and Education Quarterly, the Journal of Rural Studies, Young: The Scandinavian Journal of Youth Studies, the Journal of Research in Rural Education, Teaching Education, the McGill Journal of Education, The Peabody Journal of Education, Ethnography and Education, The Teachers College Record, Teaching and Teacher Education.

Corbett's monograph entitled, Learning to Leave: The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community was published in 2007 by Fernwood Press. It has been cited internationally and is considered by one reviewer to be a book that will become a classic in the sociology of education. His most recent books are edited collections: Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives (with Bill Green of Charles Sturt) published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2013, and another collection entitled, International Perspectives on Methodological Issues in Rural Education Research (co-edited with Simone White of Monash University) was published by Routledge in 2014. His new title, The Improvised Curriculum will be published by Routledge in late 2015 or early 2016.

Total publications


Journal Article

(43 outputs)
2017Corbett M, Brett P, Hawkins C-L, 'What we're about out here: the resilience and relevance of school farms in rural Tasmania', Journal of Research in Rural Education, 32, (4) Article 1. ISSN 1551-0670 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Brett P; Hawkins C-L

2017Corbett M, Donehower K, 'Rural literacies: toward social cartography', Journal of Research in Rural Education, 32, (5) pp. 1-13. ISSN 1551-0670 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017Corbett M, Helmer L, 'Contested geographies: competing constructions of community and efficiency in small school debates', Geographical Research, 55, (1) pp. 47-57. ISSN 1745-5871 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12209 [eCite] [Details]


2017Corbett Michael John, Fraser SP, Reaburn RL, Smith H, Roberts J, et al., 'Building a new generation: Community Expectations on raising aspirations in rural Tasmania', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 8-24. ISSN 1036-0026 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fraser SP; Reaburn RL; Smith H

2017Reaburn RL, Fraser SP, Smith H, Roberts J, Fielding-Wells J, et al., 'Aspire High: Impacting student aspirations in a regional community', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 73-89. ISSN 1036-0026 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Reaburn RL; Fraser SP; Smith H

2017Corbett M, Forsey M, 'Rural youth out-migration and education: challenges to aspirations discourse in mobile modernity', Discourse, 38, (3) pp. 429-444. ISSN 0159-6306 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2017.1308456 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2016Corbett M, 'Rural futures: development, aspirations, mobilities, place, and education', Peabody Journal of Education, 91, (2) pp. 270-282. ISSN 0161-956X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2016.1151750 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2016Corbett M, 'Music education and/in rural social space: making space for musical diversity beyond the city', Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education, 15, (4) pp. 12-29. ISSN 1545-4517 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.22176/act15.4.12 [eCite] [Details]


2015Corbett M, 'From Shinjuku to River John: The neoliberal juggernaut, efficiency, and small rural schools', Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60, (4) pp. 619-628. ISSN 0002-4805 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015Corbett M, 'Rural education: Some sociological provocations for the field', Australian and international journal of rural education, 25, (3) pp. 9-25. ISSN 1839-7387 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015Corbett MJ, 'America's Country School Legacy', Country School Journal, (3) pp. 16-22. ISSN 2376-9106 (2015) [Non Refereed Article]

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2015Corbett M, 'Towards a rural sociological imagination: ethnography and schooling in mobile modernity', Ethnography and Education, 10, (3) pp. 263-277. ISSN 1745-7823 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17457823.2015.1050685 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4


2014Corbett M, 'We have never been urban: Modernization, small schools and resilient rurality in Atlantic Canada', Journal of rural and community development, 9, (3) pp. 186-202. ISSN 1712-8277 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Corbett M, 'Alberta Journal of Educational Research', 60, (4) ISSN 0002-4805 (2014) [Edited Journal]

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2014Corbett M, Tinkham J, 'Small schools in a big world: Thinking about a wicked problem', Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60, (4) pp. 691-707. ISSN 0002-4805 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

2014Corbett MJ, 'The ambivalence of community: A critical analysis of rural education's oldest trope', Peabody Journal of Education, 89, (5) pp. 603-618. ISSN 0161-956X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2014.956532 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3


2014Corbett MJ, 'The Alberta Journal of Educational Research - Winter 2014: From Shinjuku to River John - The Neoliberal Juggernaut, Efficiency, and Small Rural Schools', 60, (4) pp. 619-628. ISSN 1923-1857 (2014) [Edited Journal]

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2014Corbett M, 'Toward a geography of rural education in Canada', Canadian Journal of Education, 37, (3) pp. 1-22. ISSN 0380-2361 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013Corbett M, 'Education, social justice and place: A multi-scalar view from Canada', Revista Peruana de Investigacion Educativa, (5) pp. 5-24. ISSN 2076-6300 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Corbett M, 'I'm going to make sure I'm ready before I leave: The complexity of educational and mobility decision-making in a Canadian coastal community', Journal of Rural Studies, 32 pp. 275-282. ISSN 0743-0167 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.07.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5


2013Corbett M, 'Improvisation as a curricular metaphor: Imagining education for a rural creative class', Journal of research in rural education, 28, (10) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1551-0670 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Corbett M, 'What we know and don't know about small schools: A view from Atlantic Canada', Country School Journal, 1 pp. 38-52. ISSN 2376-9106 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Corbett M, 'Improvisation as a curricular metaphor: Imagining education for a rural creative class', Journal of research in rural education, 28, (10) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1062-4228 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2012Eppley K, Corbett M, 'I'll see that when I believe it: a dialogue on epistemological difference and rural literacies', Journal of Research in Rural Education, 27, (1) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1062-4228 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/07420528.2013.800874 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2011Lanas M, Corbett M, 'Disaggregating student resistances: Analyzing what students pursue with challenging agency', Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 19, (4) pp. 415-434. ISSN 1103-3088 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/110330881101900404 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6


2010Corbett M, 'Answering my sister's question: The critical importance of education for diversity in those spaces where we think we are all the same', Journal of inquiry & action in education, 3, (3) pp. 1-17. ISSN 2159-1474 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Corbett M, 'Backing the right horse: Teacher education, sociocultural analysis and literacy in rural education', Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 26, (1) pp. 82-86. ISSN 0742-051X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2009.08.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7


2010Corbett M, Vibert A, 'Curriculum as a safe place: Parental perceptions of new literacies in a rural small town school', Canadian journal of administration and policy, (114) pp. 6-24. ISSN 1207-7798 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Corbett MJ, 'Standardized individuality: cosmopolitanism and educational decision-making in an Atlantic Canadian rural community', Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, 40, (2) pp. 223-237. ISSN 0305-7925 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03057920903546088 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2009Corbett M, 'No time to fool around with the wrong education: Socialisation frames, timing and high-stakes educational decision making in changing rural places', Rural Society: The Journal of Research Into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia, 19, (2) pp. 163-177. ISSN 1037-1656 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5172/rsj.19.2.163 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8


2009Corbett M, 'Assimilation, resistance, rapprochement, and loss: Response to Woodrum, Faircloth, Greenwood, and Kelly', Journal of research in rural education, 24, (12) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1062-4228 (2009) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2008Corbett M, 'Rural schooling in mobile modernity: Returning to the places I've been', Journal of research in rural education, 23, (10) pp. 1-13. ISSN 1062-4228 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Corbett M, 'Educational resistance in a runaway world: Poetic meditations on power and surveillance', McGill journal of education, 43, (3) pp. 225-244. ISSN 0024-9033 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Corbett M, 'Captain Beefheart's piano: Confessions of an unrepentant illiterate', International journal of critical pedagogy, 1, (2) pp. 148-159. ISSN 2157-1074 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Corbett M, 'The Edumometer: The commodification of learning from Galton to the PISA', Journal for critical education policy studies, 6, (1) pp. 352 - 378. ISSN 1740-2743 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Corbett M, 'Travels in space and place: Identity and rural schooling', Canadian Journal of Education, 30, (3) pp. 771-792. ISSN 0380-2361 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Corbett M, 'All kinds of potential: Women and out-migration in an Atlantic Canadian coastal community', Journal of Rural Studies, 23 pp. 430-442. ISSN 0743-0167 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2006.12.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 27


2006Corbett M, 'Educating the country out of the child and educating the child out of the country: An excursion in spectrology', The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 52, (4) pp. 286-298. ISSN 0002-4805 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2004Corbett M, ''It was fine if you wanted to leave': Educational ambivalence in a Nova Scotian coastal community 1963-1998', Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 35, (4) pp. 451-471. ISSN 1548-1492 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1525/aeq.2004.35.4.451 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 13


2004Corbett M, 'I dreamed I saw Hilda Neatby last night: So little for the mind after 50 years', McGill journal of education, 39, (2) pp. 159-181. ISSN 0024-9033 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2003Corbett M, 'Rural education and out-migration: The case of a coastal community', Canadian Journal of Education, 28, (1 & 2) pp. 1-21. ISSN 0380-2361 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2002Corbett MJ, 'Against the tide of modernity: Poststructuralism, rural schooling, place and resistance', Trans/Forms: Insurgent Voices in Education, 6 pp. 24-59. (2002) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2001Corbett M, 'A protracted struggle: Rural resistance and normalization in Canadian educational history', Historical Studies in Education, 13, (1) pp. 19-48. ISSN 0843-5057 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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(4 outputs)
2016Corbett M, Vibert A, Green M, Rowe JN, 'Improvising the Curriculum: Alternatives to Scripted Schooling', Routledge, USA, pp. 134. ISBN 9781138641655 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2014White S, Corbett M, 'Doing educational research in rural settings: Methodological issues, international perspectives and practical solutions', Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 234. ISBN 978-0415823517 (2014) [Edited Book]

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2013Green B, Corbett M, 'Rethinking rural literacies: Transnational perspectives', Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 308. ISBN 9781137275493 (2013) [Edited Book]

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2007Corbett M, 'Learning to leave: The irony of schooling in a coastal community', Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd., Canada, pp. 192. ISBN 978-1552662298 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2016Corbett M, 'Reading Lefebvre from the periphery: Thinking globally about the rural', Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education, Springer, AK Schulte & B Walker-Gibbs (ed), Switzerland, pp. 141-156. ISBN 978-3-319-17487-7 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17488-4_8 [eCite] [Details]


2016Corbett M, Baeck U-DK, 'Emerging Educational Subjectives in the Global Periphery', Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies, Routledge, M Shucksmith, DL Brown (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 544-555. ISBN 9781138804371 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Corbett M, 'Rural literacies: Text and context beyond the metropolis', Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies, Routledge, J Roswell & K Pahl (ed), New York, NY, United States, pp. 124-139. ISBN 978-0-41581-624-3 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Bartholomaeus P, Halsey J, Corbett M, 'A trialogue about method in rural education', Doing educational research in rural settings, Routledge, S White & M Corbett (ed), 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA, pp. 58-72. ISBN 978-0-415-82350-0 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Corbett M, 'Social class, the commodification of education, and space through a rural lens', Dynamics of social class, race and place in rural education, Information Age Publishing, CB Howley, A Howley & JD Johnson (ed), Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 19-37. ISBN 9781623965624 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Corbett M, 'Remembering French in English: The meditation of an 'assimilated' Acadian', Productive remembering and social agency, Sense Publishers, T Strong-Wilson, C Mitchell, S Allnut & K Pithouse-Morgan (ed), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 89-104. ISBN 978-94-6209-345-4 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Corbett M, 'Where is the sociology of education in Canada? Boundary questions, relevance, emerging transdisciplinary spaces and the sociological imagination', Foundations in teacher education: A Canadian perspective, Canadian Association of Teacher Education, TM Christou & SM Bullock (ed), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, pp. 121-132. ISBN 978-0-9919197-7-2 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Corbett M, Vibert A, 'Mediating plastic literacies and placeless governmentalities: Returning to corporeal rurality', Rethinking rural literacies: Transnational perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, B Green & M Corbett (ed), Australia, pp. 257-274. ISBN 978-1-137-27549-3 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Green B, Corbett M, 'Rural education and literacies: An introduction', Rethinking rural literacies: Transnational perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, B Green & M Corbett (ed), Australia, pp. 3-13. ISBN 978-1-137-27549-3 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2017Corbett Michael John, Fraser SP, Beswick K, Smith H, Wells Jill, et al., 'Report of the program evaluation of Dream Big'', Burnie City Council, Launceston, Tasmania, Final (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Fraser SP; Beswick K; Smith H; Wells Jill; Reaburn RL; McCarthy RJ; Roberts JV; McLeod CJ; Sutton GN; Smith CJ; Page LA

Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2014Corbett M, Lynch J, Hupman R, McDonald J, Melanson A, et al., 'Places in Time', Hupman Brothers Studios, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (2014) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2002Corbett M, 'Against the tide of modernity: Poststructuralism, rural schooling, place and resistance', Trans/Forms: Insurgent Voices in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada, 6, 2002, pp. 24-59. (2002) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

  • Corbett, M. (2013-2017). Small Schools in a Big World: Toward Policy that works. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. $233 785 (Role: Principal Investigator)
    Baeck, U., Paulgaard, G. & Corbett, M. (2012-14). Rural futures and the institutions of higher education. Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), $52 150 (Role: Co-applicant)
  • Corbett, M. & Green, B. (2010). Rural education and literacies research network (REAL). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council International Opportunities Fund. $25 000 (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Corbett, M. & Vibert, A. (2008-2011). A lens on community: Video ensemble practice in a rural school. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant. $143 000 (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Corbett, M. (2006). Funding for the publication of Learning to Leave, Canadian Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Aid to Scholarly Publication Program. $7 000 (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Corbett, M. (2004-2007). Where I belong: Schooling and socio-spatial identity in a coastal community. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant. $69 700 (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Corbett, M. & Mulcahy, D. (2006). Education on a human scale: Small rural schools in a modern context. Municipality of the County of Cumberland. $20 000 (Role: Principal Investigator)

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Extending Regional and Rural High School to Year 11 and 12 - a Formative Evaluation (2015 - 2017)$90,000
This project will design and conduct an evaluation of the DoEs Extending Year 11/12 in Regional and Rural High Schools initiative
Department of Education Tasmania ($90,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson JC; Corbett MJ; Gardner CM
2015 - 2017
Small Schools in a Big World: Toward Policy that Works (2013 - 2016)$233,785
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($233,785)
Insight Grant
Administered By
Acadia University
Research Team
Corbett MJ
2013 - 2016

Research Supervision




PhDFostering Non-Indigenous Teacher Success with Aboriginal Students: What Needs to be Done and What Works2015
EdDAttracting and Retaining Teachers to the West Coast of Tasmania: Recognising Responsibility to Improve Current Practice2016
PhDSustainability in Tasmanian Schools: Investigating Good Practice, Impacts and Issues2016
PhDSchool Improvement in Tasmanian Government Schools: Analysis and recommendations2016
PhDDetermining a Working Relationship to Student Success Through Deeper Understanding of the Interconnected Elements of Learning Factors and Influences of Spacial, Pedagogical and Behavioural Triggers for Learning Success2016
PhDGovernance in Public Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia: practices and challenges2016
PhDEncounters With Sustainability in Tasmania: An interpretive inquiry2016
PhDBuilding Capabilities Among Rural Schools to Compete with Urban Schools: A perspective of developing country2017
PhDThe Impact of the Representation of Sexuality, Violence and Death in Childrens Literature on its Readers2017
PhDCould a Framework of Generative Questions be a Gateway and a Means for Improvising and Transforming Curriculum Prescriptions into Personalized and Collaborative Learning within Different Community Contexts2017
PhDHow Can Teachers Who Stay in Rural Areas Simultaneous Support Belonging, Community Building, Individual Aspirations and Mobility?2017