Confronting the snake in the garden of community engagement: a school and university partnership for sustainability

Jones, Janice K. (2008) Confronting the snake in the garden of community engagement: a school and university partnership for sustainability. In: AUCEA National Conference 2008: Engaging for a Sustainable Future, 9 - 11 July 2008, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper documents an exciting but tentative and vulnerable effort to create a quality and sustainable partnership between a small community school in rural Australia and a university faculty of education. A university lecturer and pre-service teachers work with a non-traditional community school to create a garden for the arts, a short-term project that evolves into a long term partnership. An increasingly interdependent community of school-and-university engage in a shared struggle to defeat the metaphorical snake in their garden of sustainable community engagement: the school faces closure. The boundaries, ontologies and philosophies of school and university become fluid creating a third space in which trust and rapport evolve into a quality partnership. Third space is the conceptual lens through which the interactions and increasing interdependence of community school and university are observed and documented over a 27 month period during which the community school is established, relationships of mutual trust between school and university grow, and the partners strive against increasing government opposition to ensure the school’s survival.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of publisher. Full conference proceedings to be published on Conference website: http://www.auceaconference.net.au/
Depositing User: Ms Janice Jones
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 05:29
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: community enagagement, education, non-traditional education, alternative education, rural schools, closure of schools, sustainable partnerships, capacity building.
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4348

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