ERIC Number: ED473884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Community Capacity Building.
As community assets, schools are central to community development and are best suited to provide a learning community that can build the whole community's capacity to address educational disadvantage. Community capacity building means strengthening a community's ability to become self-reliant by increasing social cohesion and social capital. In Australia, the "whole-of-government" approach refers to enabling different agencies to work together to integrate service delivery. Education Queensland's Partners for Success is its whole-of-government approach to educational community capacity building. The Queensland ministerial advisory committee on issues pertaining to Indigenous education commissioned a research team to report on current community capacity building initiatives by schools towards Aboriginal communities. In 2001, state government schools had just begun training for Partners for Success. Those who had done the training had a far greater understanding of community capacity building. Interviews and focus groups conducted in schools across Queensland revealed that most schools listed various activities undertaken in the name of school-community partnerships, but few indicated a planned approach unless they were involved in Partners for Success. No school talked about interdepartmental collaboration as evidence of community capacity building. The concept of community capacity building was not understood in this sense. Catholic schools talked about community participation in terms of school/church/community relationships. Independent schools had a common understanding of partnerships with community, especially if they were community schools. (Contains 54 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Community Development, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Participative Decision Making, School Community Relationship, Social Capital, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/02pap/mcg02476.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia