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ERIC Number: EJ1104400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
"Just One More Thing I Have to Do": School-Community Partnerships
Casto, Hope G.
School Community Journal, v26 n1 p139-162 2016
School-community partnering activities promote the education of children, the well-being of families, and the vitality of communities. This study explores the connections that exist and are desired between a small, rural elementary school and its local community. Interviews (n = 21) with district and school administration, teachers, parents, and community members revealed that partnerships exist to create afterschool and summer activities for children as well as to promote literacy and ease the transition to middle school. The primary obstacle is organization, including the time and resources to create and maintain partnerships. Geographic isolation affects volunteer activity in the school. Community connections are considered as horizontal (local) and vertical (school district) ties for the school. Place-based education is described as a form of partnering that could enhance the educational experience of students while simultaneously creating horizontal ties for the school and its community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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