ERIC Number: ED459047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
School-Community Connections: A Literature Review.
Keyes, Marian C.; Gregg, Soleil
This literature review surveys the varieties and purposes of connections between schools and communities, from home-school relationships to schools as social service centers and communities as school curricula. It explores the benefits of school-community connections to students, communities, and schools. It describes the processes by which productive relationships form and identifies obstacles to their formation. It outlines the features common to successful collaborations between schools and communities and examines evidence of their success. The review compares and contrasts the ways rural and urban contexts influence the nature of relationships between schools and communities, considers the role faith-based organizations may play in building connections, and explores the value of technology in creating and strengthening relationships. Finally, this paper points to areas for further exploration, such as developing indicators of readiness for school-community collaborations, documenting the ways technology is and can build and reinforce relationships, broadening the definition of community to include communities of interest and influence that extend beyond physical boundaries, and designing evaluation methods that include the concerns of collaborators and may be implemented by them. (Contains 126 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Church Role, Community Involvement, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Technology, Internet, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Place Based Education, Rural Urban Differences, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Social Capital
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.