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ERIC Number: EJ900997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Coalition Building: Cultivating New Partners for Physical Education
Curva, Fely; Mosteller, James
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n5 p36-37 May-Jun 2010
A coalition is about building power to accomplish change that no one group can reasonably accomplish on its own. A well-defined coalition not only builds power and influence, it broadens support, maximizes resources (e.g., time, money, people and connections), enhances legitimacy, creates synergy, and offers diverse perspectives on issues. Coalitions can be extremely effective. The general literature on coalition building references "community-based" development and effectiveness factors (i.e., formal rules, membership, leadership, mission, etc). However, coalition building in the legislative context refers to informal partnerships or collaboration of groups who have common interests. These groups coalesce to try to pass or "kill" an issue. In most cases, the coalition disbands once there is resolution of the issue. However, in some instances, the members of the coalition will formalize their partnership to track similar issues in future legislative sessions. This article describes the case of a durable coalition that has formed over the issue of physical education in the Florida public schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida