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Engaging with community: What do schools plan and why?


Kilpatrick, S and Barnes, R and Stratford, E and Fischer, S and Burns, G, Engaging with community: What do schools plan and why?, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2018, 2-6 December 2018, Sydney, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]


The Ian Potter Foundation funded the Peter Underwood Centre at the University of Tasmania’s (2016-2018) project ‘Facilitating school-parent-community partnerships throughout Tasmania to help children realise their educational potential’. The project delivered capacity building workshops for school leaders, community and families designed to facilitate school-parent-community partnerships which increase parental and community engagement schools. The workshops supplemented mentoring of school-parent-community engagement planning groups as the groups, which consisted of school leaders, parents and community members, refined, implemented and evaluated their strategies.

This presentation reports on the community engagement strategies that schools developed, that is, those not explicitly intended to engage parents. It analyses the relationship between the strategies and school goals, how the school planning groups intend to evaluate the success of their strategies, and reflections from school planning group members about the effectiveness of the strategies to date. We note that community, including industry, offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school students of all ages. Many schools have traditionally asked community for sponsorships, but community and industry are generally very willing to assist schools in ways beyond sponsorship. Schools and industry do not always ‘speak the same language’, and can be unsure of each other’s’ motivations for engaging and needs and resources that could be aligned.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:parent engagement, community engagement, school planning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Fischer, S (Dr Sarah Fischer)
UTAS Author:Burns, G (Ms Gemma Burns)
ID Code:129568
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Academic Quality and Standards
Deposited On:2018-12-06
Last Modified:2018-12-20

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