Refereed Journal Publications

Downes, N & Roberts, P. (2018). Revisiting the schoolhouse: A literature review on staffing rural, remote and isolated schools in Australia 2004-2016. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 28 (1). pp.31-54.

McPherson, A., Roberts, P., Downes, N. (2017). Rural-regional sustainability in the Murray Darling Basin: School / community difference and the politics of water in rural Australia. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27 (2).

Roberts, P. (2017). A Curriculum for Whom?: Rereading ‘Implementing the Australian Curriculum in Rural, Regional, Remote and Distance-Education Schools’ from a rural standpoint. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education. 27 (1) pp.69-88.

Roberts, P. & Downes, N. (2016). Conflicting messages: Sustainability and Education for Rural-Regional Sustainability. Rural Society. 25 (1) pp.15-36.

Leonard, S. N., & Roberts, P. (2016). No Time to Think: The impact of the logics of New Public Management on teacher pre-professional learning. 31(2) pp.142-160. Journal of Education Policy.

Roberts, P. & Cuervo, H. (2015). What Next for Rural Education Research? Australian and International Journal of Rural Education’ 25 (3). pp.1-8.

Downes, N. & Roberts, P. (2015). Valuing rural meanings: The work of parent supervisors challenging dominant educational discourses. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education’ 25 (3).pp.80-93.

Leonard, S.N. & Roberts, P. (2014) Performers and Postulates: the role of evolving socio-historical contexts in shaping new teacher professional identities. Critical Studies in Education. 55 (3) pp.303-318.

Roberts, P. (2014). A Curriculum for the Country: The Absence of the Rural in a National Curriculum. Curriculum Perspectives. 34 (1) pp. 51-60.

  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association 2015 Colin Marsh Award. This bi-annual award is for the best paper in the last 2 years in the journal Curriculum Studies

Roberts, P. & Green, B. (2013). Researching Rural Place(s): On Social Justice and Rural Education. Qualitative Inquiry. 19 (10) pp. 765 – 774.

Roberts, P. (2013). The role of an authentic curriculum and pedagogy for rural schools and the professional satisfaction of rural teachersAustralian and International Journal of Rural Education. 23 (2) pp.89-99.

Roberts, P. (2013) ‘Re-visiting Historical Literacy: towards a disciplinary pedagogy’.   Literacy Learning the Middle Years. 21 (1) pp 15-24.

  • As part of my professional engagement this paper was reproduced in the NSW History Teachers Association Journal 47 (2) 2013 pp. 27-36.

Roberts, P. (2007) ‘Shaping Future Staffing Systems to Support Students in Rural, Remote and Isolated Communities’ Australian College of Educators Online Refereed Article 46

Academic Book Chapters

Roberts, P. (2017) Looking for the rural. In A. Reid & D. Price, The Australian Curriculum: Promises, Problems and Possibilities. Australian Curriculum Studies Association: Canberra.

Roberts P. (2015). Education for Rural Australia. In A. Hogan & M. Young, Rural and Regional Futures. Routledge: New York . pp. 117-134.

Roberts, P. (2014) Researching from the Standpoint of the Rural. In S. White & M. Corbett, Doing Educational Research in Rural Settings: Methodological Issues, International Perspectives and Practical Solutions. Routledge: New York. pp. 135-148.


Downes, N. & Roberts, P. (2017). Staffing Rural, Remote & isolated Schools in Australia: A review of the research literature (2004-2016). University of Canberra, ACT.

Roberts, P. & Downes, N. (2015). Community and School Understandings of Sustainability: Survey Summary. University of Canberra, ACT.

Roberts, P., Downes, N., Cooke, L., Heiner, I. and Caffery, J. (2014) Education, Place and Sustainability: A Literature Review and Overview of Curriculum and Policy in the States and Territory of the Murray-Darling Basin. University of Canberra, ACT.

Roberts, P. (2013). From the Centre to the Periphery: Thinking Historically with ACT Educational History. University of Canberra, ACT.

Roberts, P. (2013). Building Bridges for Historical Learning: Symposium Proceedings. University of Canberra, ACT.

Roberts, P. (2005) Staffing an Empty Schoolhouse: Attracting and retaining teachers in rural, remote and isolated communities (publication version). Sydney, NSW. New South Wales Teachers Federation. ISBN 1875699368


Roberts, P. (2016). ‘Place, Rural Education and Social Justice: A Study of Rural Teaching and Curriculum Politics’. Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

  • American Educational Research Association Rural Special Interest Group Dissertation of the Year Award 2016.


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Please refer to the CV page for conference papers and non refereed publications.