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Community-school collaborations in science: towards improved outcomes through better understanding of boundary issues

Tytler, Russell, Symington, David and Cripps Clark, John 2017, Community-school collaborations in science: towards improved outcomes through better understanding of boundary issues, International journal of science and mathematics education, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 643-661, doi: 10.1007/s10763-015-9711-9.

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Title Community-school collaborations in science: towards improved outcomes through better understanding of boundary issues
Author(s) Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell orcid.org/0000-0003-0161-7240
Symington, David
Cripps Clark, John
Journal name International journal of science and mathematics education
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 643
End page 661
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 1571-0068
1573-1774
Keyword(s) boundary crossing
communities of practice
school-community collaboration
school science curriculum
scientists in schools
STEMeducation
Summary There is growing interest, worldwide, in collaboration between schools and community organisations in contributing to and enriching school science programs, yet such collaborations are inadequately understood. This paper reports data from an Australian study designed to probe the views of members of the community who have participated in a broad range of such collaborations in school science programmes in order to better understand the issues which impact on their operation. The data were collected by interviews with the community participants selected by opportunistic sampling. The analysis reveals a number of issues—purposes, communication, organisational structures and curriculum—which can be seen as impacting on the collaborations. These are examined through the concepts of communities of practice, boundaries and boundary crossing, associated with people from scientific communities of practice interacting with school communities. The paper reflects on the implications of these findings for constructing effective school-community collaboration in school science programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10763-015-9711-9
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082609

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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