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Penn State Becomes Home of Rural Education Scholarly Journal; Kai Schafft Named Editor

Article about the Journal of Research in Rural Education being moved to Penn State

by Joe Savrock (November 2007)

schafft.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities will become the new home of the Journal of Research in Rural Education (JRRE), and Kai A. Schafft, the Center’s director, has been named the journal’s new editor. The changes are effective Jan. 1, 2008.

JRRE operations are being transferred from The University of Maine, where the journal was established in 1982. Theodore Coladarci, director of UMaine’s Office of Institutional Studies, has served as the journal’s editor since 1992.

“This is great news for the Center on Rural Education and Communities,” said Schafft. Penn State associate professor Thomas Farmer and associate dean Jacqueline Edmondson will act as the journal’s associate editors. Graduate student Erin McHenry-Sorber will serve as managing editor.

Schafft, along with David Monk, dean of Penn State’s College of Education, currently serve on JRRE’s editorial board. Monk noted that “The College has assigned a priority to supporting the highest quality scholarly journals in the field of education, and we welcome the Journal of Research in Rural Education as the latest arrival. Dr. Schafft will be an excellent editor and the journal will significantly enhance the scope and impact of Penn State’s Center for Rural Education and Communities.”

Schafft added that “We’ve received tremendous support from the College for bringing JRRE to its new home at Penn State. This represents an important demonstration of commitment on the part of the College to address the needs of rural schools and communities by supporting high-quality research in this area.”

JRRE is regarded as the premiere journal in the study of rural education. This peer-reviewed journal publishes the results of research dealing with learning and instruction; preservice and inservice teacher education; educational leadership; educational policy; and the cultural, historical, and economic context of rural education.

In 2004 JRRE changed its format, becoming an exclusively open-access online journal. The journal will unveil a new Web site in January, at which point all previously published articles will become available.

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