ERIC Number: ED352515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Partnerships: Lessons from Research Literature and Current Practice in Secondary Education.
Karls, Doris K.; And Others
Educational partnerships, i.e., partnerships between high schools and businesses, are a promising way of working together that is both old and new. The following features characterize collaborative partnerships: shared goals; mutual respect and trust; cooperative effort; shared power; contribution of varying talents, perspectives, and resources from each partner; and shared accountability. An historical perspective of partnerships in education can give some clues as to the barriers that might be experienced in movement to collaborative work and what might be learned from efforts that have been successfully implemented. One example of a barrier is that, during the last century, education has been conceptualized as a service delivery model rather than as a partnership. Movement to a partnership model of education requires a reorientation of educators, parents, administrators, and students away from a service delivery model. The success of apprenticeships, mentorships, and experiential learning opportunities in the past is renewing interest in replicating these methods in today's educational system. Five dimensions of paradigm shift in partnerships are as follows: movement away from activity-specific partnerships toward collaborative partnerships; movement toward social responsibility; strong interest in learner outcomes and learning processes; reconceptualization of education from a service delivery model to a partnership model; and bottom-up strategy for change. (Contains 85 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Research, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Curriculum, Literature Reviews, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Organization, School Role, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.