ERIC Number: EJ741683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Best Practices in University-Community Partnerships: Lessons Learned from a Physical-Activity-Based Program
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v77 n4 p45-49, 56 Apr 2006
Universities have the potential to make significant contributions to their neighboring schools and youth agencies through university-community partnerships and the programs they spawn. However, even with proven goals, trained staff, and eager students, collaborative physical-activity-based youth development programs can fail despite the best intentions of both academic and community leaders and organizers. Although the importance of creating and sustaining such partnerships is acknowledged, numerous obstacles often preclude effective realization. While university faculty may have expertise in their academic discipline, such as physical-activity-based programs, they rarely have the knowledge of interorganizational collaboration. This article looks at "The Career Club," a physical-activity-based youth development program, as an example to illustrate the practical application and relevance of effective university-community collaborations. The results suggest new ways to optimize the university-community partnership dynamic.
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Physical Activities, Clubs, Standardized Tests, Youth Programs, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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