ERIC Number: ED420907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Building Partnerships Workbook. Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Community Renewal.
This workbook presents suggestions for people who yearn to build strong, active, involved communities. It discusses how organizers can conceptualize networks and the practices that will help to bring this about. The guide discusses issues that arise in the first stages of community development, beginning with basic questions about understanding the concept and practice of community. The overriding theme explores community as a relationship among people that is the foundation of organizational and institutional partnerships. The guide allows persons to identify and understand social networks in communities, and it examines a number of models of collaborative networks to understand the various bases on which partnerships can form. It compares assumptions about what makes a strong, effective partnership by looking at what different kinds of partnerships should be able to do. The workbook also asks how questions surrounding community development may be reformulated to include issues particular to both rural areas and to small schools. The text should be useful for organizing community groups, discovering who wants to commit to the process, and practicing the art of social relations. (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Development, Community Education, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Workbooks
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204-3297.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Adapted from "Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Community Renewal" by Brett Lane and Diane Dorfman.