Dr. Michael Corbett


School of Education
Box 57
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
B4P 2R6

Office: Emmerson 302
Phone: (902) 585-1190
Fax: (902) 585-1761

Email:  michael.corbett@acadiau.ca

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M.A. (sociology) Acadia University
M.Ed. (literacy) Mount Saint Vincent University
Ph.D. (educational sociology) University of British Columbia

Research Interests:

Educational sociology
The history of Canadian education
Social theory
Educational policy
Rural schooling
Early school leaving and resistance

Recent Publications:


White, S. & Corbett, M. (Eds.) (2014 in press). International Perspectives on Methodological Issues in Rural Education Research. (New York: Routledge). 

Green, B. & Corbett, M. (Eds). (2013). Rural Literacies: Transnational Perspectives.  (New York: Palgrave).. 

Scholarly Journal Articles

Corbett, M. (2014 forthcoming).  The idea of community in rural education.  Peabody Journal of Education.

Corbett, M. (2013 in press). En descenso de lo global a lo local: Una perspectiva desde la región atlántica de Canadá, Revista Peruana de Investigación Educativa

Corbett, M. (2013). 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), 275-282.

Corbett, M. (2013). Imagining education for a rural creative class: Improvisation as a curricular metaphor, Journal of Research in Rural Education,

Corbett, M. (2013). What we know and don’t know about small schools: A view from Canada, The Country School Journal, 1, 38-52.

Book Chapters

Corbett, M. (2014 in press). Rural Literacies: Text and Context Beyond the Metropolis. In Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies.  New York and London: Routledge. 

Corbett, M. (2014 in press).  Social class, the commodification of education, and space through a rural lens.In Howley, C. and Howley, A. (Eds.). Social class dynamics in rural schools.  New York: Information Age.

Corbett, M. (2013). Remembering French in English: Reflections of an assimilated AcadianIn Strong-Wilson, T., Mitchell, C., Allnutt, S., & Pithouse-Morgan, K. (Eds.). Productive remembering and social agency. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 169-182.

Corbett, M. (2013). Where is the sociology of education in Canada? Boundary questions, relevance, emerging transdisciplinary spaces and the sociological imagination.  In Christou, T. & Bullock, S. (Eds.). Foundations in Teacher Education: A Canadian Perspective, Ottawa: Canadian Association of Teacher Education,124-134.

Green, B. & Corbett, M. (2013). Introduction.  In Green B. & Corbett, M. (Eds) (2013). Thinking Rural Literacies: International and Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 1-13.

Corbett, M. & Vibert, A. (2013). Mediating plastic literacies and placeless governmentalities: Returning to corporeal reality in a rural school.  In Green B. & Corbett, M. (Eds). Thinking Rural Literacies: International and Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 257-274.

Additional Information:

Michael Corbett's complete CV, January 2014 (.doc)