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Title: Xsel Virtual Selective High School Provision: Delivering Academically Selective Secondary Curriculum in Regional, Rural and Remote NSW
Contributor(s): Furney, Ann-Marie (author); McDiarmid, Carol (author); Bannister, Barbara  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014-04
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Abstract: This paper describes the development and implementation of the xsel program in Western NSW. The program supports identified high school students from regional, rural and remote communities to access the study of English, maths and science at an academically selective level. A program review was undertaken during 2012 using a structured questionaire to develop deeper understandings of the operational challenges, initial successes and potential improvements available to the program after three years of operation. The program review involved interviews with Principals, classroom teachers, students and parents of the program. The summative information from this process and initial planning documentation informs the content of this paper. The xsel program is unique in that it applies a combination of on-line learning, distance education and traditional bricks and mortar schooling to meet the learning needs of a particular equity group; talented and gifted secondary students. The program has taken on one aspect of the geographic challenge of equitable access to educational opportunity and builds the capacity of rural educators to cooperate, collaborate and co-create and overcome the "tyranny of distance" (Blainey, 1966).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 24(1), p. 35-49
Publisher: Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1839-7387
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130106 Secondary Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390306 Secondary education
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390402 Education assessment and evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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