ERIC Number: EJ1090761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Unravelling the Social Dynamics of an Industry-School Partnership: Social Capital as Perspective for Co-Creation
Ehlen, Corry G. J. M.; van der Klink, Marcel R.; Boshuizen, Henny P. A.
Studies in Continuing Education, v38 n1 p61-85 2016
Increasingly, innovative collaboration between industry and schools is being exploited as a way of improving the quality and relevance of education. Even though these innovations appear to have substantial benefits, often the impact proves to fade away after their implementation. A better understanding of how to sustain complex innovations seems important. Unfortunately, only a limited amount of research investigates the "inside" of complex innovations. This article reports on a three-year, large-scale industry-school programme in the Dutch Leisure sector. The research, from start to finish, adopted a qualitative case study methodology with a mixed-methods approach, drawing upon social capital theory as lens to understand the dynamics of processes and effect on outcomes. Findings indicate that the social capital theory helps to unravel crucial factors of processes and outcomes. The researched innovation process depended not so much on formal project plans and objectives but largely built on the quality of social relationships at all levels. Sustaining this social capital proved crucial, while managing according to a planned change strategy appeared to be counterproductive. The outcomes show to be twofold, in terms of new knowledge and products for the organisations and of sustainable benefits for the professionals, in terms of new abilities.
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Social Capital, Interpersonal Relationship, Educational Quality, Relevance (Education), Educational Innovation, Leisure Time, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Social Theories, Mixed Methods Research, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Sustainability, Universities, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands