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ERIC Number: EJ935786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Using Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory to Understand Community Partnerships: A Historical Case Study of One Urban High School
Leonard, Jack
Urban Education, v46 n5 p987-1010 Sep 2011
Although the value of school-community partnerships is unquestioned, the reasons for success and failure are not sufficiently understood. This mixed-methods case study examines 60 years of partnering at one urban high school, using Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory to better understand the effect on student development as measured by variables such as graduation, attendance, and drop-out rates. Successful partners achieve "cultural cohesion" by building collaborative relationships that encircled students, whereas failed partnerships ignore ecological theory. In contrast to conventional reform strategies that focus on curriculum and/or school structure, the author offers a cultural reform strategy that emphasizes relationships. (Contains 2 figures and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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