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"If teachers are good to you": Caring for Rural Girls in the Classroom.

Author(s): Seaton, E. E.

Journal: Journal of Research in Rural Education
ISSN 1551-0670

Volume: 22;
Issue: 6;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: rural education | rural communities | adolescent girls | identify development

This article explores eight rural middle-school girls’ perceptions of connections with their teachers. It rests on the finding that teachers offer a vital source of support for adolescent girls living in rural communities as girls come to a critical juncture in the development of their identities. Drawing on ethnographic and narrative data, I discuss the way in which rumors and reputations, gendered expectations, and miscommunications complicate the development of strong ties between the middle-school girls and their teachers, leaving the girls wishing for greater support at school. I provide a narrative example of one teachers’ care for a student, and I offer suggestions for supporting rural adolescent girls’ healthy identity development in school.

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