Worldwide Partnerships for Schools with Voluntary Organizations,Foundations,Universities,Companies and Community Councils
Mellen Studies in Education No. 95
Mitchell (education, University of Calgary, Canada) presents investigations of the successes and limits of educational partnerships. Case studies demonstrate educational partnerships between public and private higher education institutions, between schools and companies, between countries, and between cultures around the world. Cases point out the
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"The focus of this book has been on the development of international partnerships so that students - regardless of location, age or stage of their lives - can lead richer lives. In each case, the vision and goals go beyond what can be accomplished 'alone'. Searching for like-minded people is key to each journey and its successes. These chapters are written from the vantage point of the ending or a turning point in the project. So the writing is reflective, the stages of the journey are clearer than they are in mid-stream. The links between the vision, goals and strategies are evident in the evaluations and the reports that are written. We can see clearly where the unexpected challenges have threatened success - and indeed where failures have occurred - and where learning has resulted." - (From the Afterword) by Patricia Klinck "This book offers all of us a chance to reflect on a practice one tends to be immersed in so much of the time. The inclusion here of the full gamut of successes, defeats and mixed achievements takes seriously the real nature of the social experiment involved. Like many others I have experienced the thrill of an effective partnership, which achieves so much more than the sum of its parts: enlivening all its participants, deepening an understanding of the problem being tackled, and building a shared working method and vocabulary. And marked educational success as well. But so much that takes place under the guise of partnership can lead to the opposite: exhaustion of committed individuals, wasted money, disillusion through surface rhetoric and unresolved, entrenched conflicts. Of course with ambitious or pioneering goals, we will experience mixed success at times. This is good as long as the knowledge is gathered, reflected upon and made available. But often the education sector falls down in this area. That is why this book's undertaking is such an important one. The recording of practice in the pages that follow provides a body of knowledge and analysis that can be widely discussed and built upon. The editors and contributors are to be applauded for the insights they offer us into a vitally important enterprise of our time." - (From the Preface) Ellen Koshland, Founder and President, Education Foundation (Australia)"