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University-school partnerships as arrangements in policy implementation

University-school partnerships as arrangements in policy implementation The purpose of this paper is to add to the knowledge base of school-university partnerships by exploring such partnerships in terms of policy implementation.Design/methodology/approachThis paper takes a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews.FindingsTo achieve a joint understanding of roles, focus, and work in the partnerships based on the schools’ needs and scholars’ competence was crucial. This was not easily achieved in all partnerships. Conflicting expectations were part of the process. Although they were demanding, the partnership arrangements also represented opportunities for the university scholars to learn.Originality/valueThe findings suggest that partnership arrangements require parties that understand the implications of this collaboration and that respect, mutual trust, and joint understanding are needed. It is likely that bringing different parties together will create conflicts that must be resolved. If unfamiliar to the parties, the use of partnership arrangements is itself an implementation that has its own process that operates in parallel to the work in focus. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Professional Capital and Community Emerald Publishing

University-school partnerships as arrangements in policy implementation

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-9548
DOI
10.1108/jpcc-06-2017-0014
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to add to the knowledge base of school-university partnerships by exploring such partnerships in terms of policy implementation.Design/methodology/approachThis paper takes a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews.FindingsTo achieve a joint understanding of roles, focus, and work in the partnerships based on the schools’ needs and scholars’ competence was crucial. This was not easily achieved in all partnerships. Conflicting expectations were part of the process. Although they were demanding, the partnership arrangements also represented opportunities for the university scholars to learn.Originality/valueThe findings suggest that partnership arrangements require parties that understand the implications of this collaboration and that respect, mutual trust, and joint understanding are needed. It is likely that bringing different parties together will create conflicts that must be resolved. If unfamiliar to the parties, the use of partnership arrangements is itself an implementation that has its own process that operates in parallel to the work in focus.

Journal

Journal of Professional Capital and CommunityEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 10, 2017

Keywords: Partnership; Implementation; Professional development; Educational change

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