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ERIC Number: EJ1088167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Cultivating Community: Detailing School and Community Engagement under Complex Conditions
Hardy, Ian; Grootenboer, Peter
Teaching Education, v27 n1 p21-38 2016
This article reveals the nature of actions, discussions and relationships which helped forge school-community partnerships for engaged student learning and wider community participation for students and families living under difficult socio-economic circumstances. Specifically, the article draws upon interviews with key personnel and staff involved in the establishment and enactment of a "Community Partnerships" programme to help improve the opportunities for students attending a primary school serving a low socio-economic urban community in south-east Queensland, Australia. Drawing upon the notion of educational practice as a product of ongoing interactions between particular actions (doings), discussions (sayings) and relationships (relatings), which both constitute and are responsive to particular conditions or "architectures" for practice, the article reveals how the conceptualisation, establishment and consolidation of the community partnerships programme was dependent upon specific "relatings" between key district and school personnel, the actions/"doings" of these personnel and ongoing "sayings"/dialogue about their work. Collectively, these "doings", "sayings" and "relatings" all helped to stimulate new conditions--"practice architectures"--for improved opportunities for students and their families. Teacher education informed by such theorising of community partnerships as the product of specific actions, dialogue and relationship-building is vital for developing improved understandings of such interactions and partnerships over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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