ERIC Number: ED467907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Educating and Learning Collaboratively--Schools and Their Communities.
Tett, Lyn; Martin, Ian; Munn, Pamela; Martin, Jane; Ranson, Stewart
Collaborative initiatives between schools and voluntary organizations and between schools and the community service provided by local authorities were examined in 10 case studies of different community education "locations" across Scotland. The case studies, which identified examples of effective practice in collaboration and joint provision between schools and community education, focused on the following categories of activity: school-home-community links; health education; work with troubled young people; and adult education. The following factors were identified as contributing to effective collaboration: (1) added value from collaboration; (2) extended range of provision due to collaboration; and (3) complementarity in provision. The case studies documented how one and the same collaborative activity conducted in different schools may be underpinned by rather different values, have different purposes, define tasks differently in order to realize those purposes, and delivery community education under a variety of conditions. The following challenges arose during the collaborative initiatives: tensions between those committed primarily to supporting pupils' academic achievement and those whose aim was to increase involvement of the wider community; conflicting perspectives regarding parent involvement; competing professional cultures and traditions; and lack of time and money. Despite these constraints, the collaborative initiatives yielded important benefits to pupils and the wider community. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Agency Cooperation, Case Studies, Community Education, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Local Issues, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, Voluntary Agencies, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)