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ERIC Number: EJ1126483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Partnership Working via Community Consortia: A Higher Education Perspective
Saunders, Danny; Payne, Rob; Davies, Lisa
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v13 n1 p88-100 May 2007
The advantages and difficulties of partnership working for a new university at crisis point in the use of people, time and facilities for the development of widening participation initiatives. The focus is on local partnerships which bring together a wide range of organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to increase participation in education and training in the South Wales valleys. Patterns of development were analysed for four consortium-based partnerships. Membership profiles revealed a pronounced dominance by public sector representatives. It was noted that after an initial interest in community partnership operations employers and voluntary sector representatives gradually stopped attending. Meetings were linked with a growing level of administrative detail and local educational authority and school representatives addressed an agenda of education and training provision for 14-19-year-olds; it is suspected that this also explained to some extent the non-attendance of business and voluntary sector representatives because they perceived 14-19-year-old youth dominated agendas as peripheral to their core interests. By contrast, the working groups in the partnerships were characterised by more grassroots involvement from a variety of sectors. The authors identify four possible strategies for meaningful engagement in numerous and concurrent local partnerships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)
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