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Subject/Keyword
dialogue
mobility
engagement
Adult Education
migration
rural
conscientization
policy
sustainable
community development
mentorship
intergenerational
out-migration
insider-outsider
Alberta
youth
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hamm, Zane Elizabeth
Supervisor and department
Sousa, Jorge
Examining committee member and department
Epp, Roger (Political Science)
Watt-Malcolm, Bonnie (Secondary Education)
Parlee, Brenda (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Peters, Frank (Educational Policy Studies)
Corbett, Michael, (Acadia University, School of Education, External Reader)
Department
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Specialization
Adult Education
Date accepted
2012-09-06T14:48:52Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Many rural Alberta communities face critical issues of sustainability including rural-urban migration by youth and young adults. Drawing on research in Alberta, this thesis identifies the factors influencing rural-urban migration and discusses ways of empowering communities. A survey of youth who have left rural communities throughout Alberta, and semi-structured interviews with youth and adults, were conducted to identify these factors. Dialogues (focus groups) involving youth and adults were facilitated in one case study community in east-central Alberta (Kitscoty), to build awareness and a consciousness of key issues of sustainability and resilience. An “intergenerational dialogue framework” is proposed that speaks to the importance of engaging youth and other members of rural communities in discursive processes of issue identification and problem solving. The research findings contribute to our understanding of community sustainability in rural Alberta, indicating that this trend is not inevitable. Many social and environmental factors: 1) A sense of community; 2) social capital; 3) engagement; 4) dialogue; 5) conscientization; 6) an understanding of power and privilege; and 7) attention to context, were said to positively impact youth engagement, and may counter well established pull factors associated with urbanization. The study demonstrates a process of dialogue to bridge generations for effective, authentic communication and to co-create knowledge that can enhance rural education and policy development. The Framework for Intergenerational Dialogue can be applied to other rural communities to strengthen communities with an engaged citizenry.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3M65D
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