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Louise M. Yoho https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0957-8709

Jarrett D. Moore https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5217-7738

Abstract

Teacher preparation programs that operate in rural areas need to consider the lived experiences of rural students when making instructional decisions. However, exploration of rural schools and educators is seriously limited. This study aims to gain an understanding of students enrolled in teacher preparation programs in rural areas of the Northern Plains and the unique experiences they bring to, and need from, preservice teacher training programs. Seventeen interviews were conducted with rural participants who were enrolled in teacher preparation programs. Based on the data collected, we do not recommend changing the traditional canon of teacher preparation but do recommend contextualizing concepts to be relevant to future rural educators. The voices of these future educators are shared here, as are recommended next steps and needs for future research.

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