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ERIC Number: ED524789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 272
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-5328-6
Learning in Collaboration: A Case Study of a Community Based Partnership Program
Syam, Devarati S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
This ethnographic case study investigated a multi-agency partnership project in a Midwestern city, the goal of which was to holistically address the health, safety and wellness issues of teen girls in an alternative school. The researcher was one of the eleven partners representing five different organizations that came together to create a partners' table to identify the progress and challenges of the project implementation and problem solve jointly. Interagency work in urban settings is ubiquitous and is promoted with the view that partnerships provide a more holistic approach to creating interventions that address multiple and interrelated issues in the urban environment. For the purposes of this study, the term partnership was used as an umbrella term to encompass the multiple facets of inter-organizational relationships which include issues around sharing of resources, differences in organizational practices, mutual engagement, dialogue, negotiation, power, and joint problem-solving. While there is support for this joint work from various sources, the evidence for their effectiveness is somewhat mixed. Given the importance of partnerships as a common strategy to address issues in the urban landscape, this research study attempted to understand in detail the working of one such multi-agency partnership project. The study describes and documents the unfolding of this partnership. The focus of the research was to investigate the nature of interagency work, specifically to examine how collaboration was conceptualized at the partners' table and how it unfolded through their joint engagement. The case study had two different foci. First, it investigated the partnership processes and how they can be better facilitated and enhanced. Second, the case study was also a crucible to observe and investigate the learning embedded in everyday work activities of creating collaboration in a particular setting. The research extends the study findings to discuss the nature of learning in this context as well as the implications for adult education practitioners in facilitating interagency partnership work in community settings. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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