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Maturing school-community partnerships : developing learning communities in rural Australia

Kilpatrick, Sue, Johns, Susan and Mulford, Bill 2003, Maturing school-community partnerships : developing learning communities in rural Australia, in AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks, & dilemmas, Australian Association for Research in Education, [Coldstream, Vic.], pp. 1-1.

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Title Maturing school-community partnerships : developing learning communities in rural Australia
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Johns, Susan
Mulford, Bill
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2003 : Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 30 November - 3 December 2003
Title of proceedings AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks, & dilemmas
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication [Coldstream, Vic.]
Summary This paper reports findings from a project that examined the extent and nature of the contribution of rural schools to their communities’ development beyond traditional forms of education of young people. Case study communities in five Australian States participated in the project, funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Communities and schools that share the belief that education is the responsibility of the whole community and work together, drawing on skills and knowledge of the community as a whole, experience benefits that extend far beyond producing a well-educated group of young people. The level of maturity of the school– community partnership dictates how schools and communities go about developing and sustaining new linkages, or joint projects. Twelve characteristics central to the success of school–community partnerships were identified. The characteristics are largely sequential in that later characteristics build on earlier ones. Underscoring these characteristics is the importance of collective learning activities including teamwork and network building, which have been identified elsewhere as key social capital building activities. A generic model of the relationship between the indicators of effective school–community partnerships and the level of maturity of those partnerships is forwarded.
ISSN 1176-4902
1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, The authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020342

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