Worldwide Partnerships for Schools with Voluntary Organizations, Foundations, Universities, Companies and Community Councils

Author: Mitchell, Samuel; Patricia Klinck and John Burger, editors
Year:2004
Pages:315
ISBN:0-7734-6360-7
978-0-7734-6360-8
Price:219.95

Reviews

“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)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Foreword by John Burger and Samuel Mitchell
Preface by Ellen Koshland, President, Education Foundation (Australia)
PART I SURPRISES WITH TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 1 - A North American Public-Private Higher Education Partnership
Rick Ginsburg, Gray Davies, and Don Quick, Colorado State University
Commentators: Benjamin Levin, University of Manitoba; James Cibulka, University of Kentucky, Jennifer Locke, University of Calgary, and Authors’ Response.
Chapter 2 - Educational Reform Meets NetMedia
Michele Jacobsen, University of Calgary, and Brenda Gladstone, Galileo Educational Network
Commentators: Bert Einsiedel, University of Alberta; Randy Garrison, University of Calgary, and Al Price, Axia NetMedia.
Chapter 3 - On-Line Cross-Global Educational Project
Elizabeth Stacey, Deakin University, and Faye Wiesenberg, University of Calgary
Commentators: Bryan Hiebert, University of Calgary, Lindsay Mackay, Deakin University, Authors’Response, and Editor’s Comments.
PART II CONTRIBUTIONS OF PARTNERSHIPS TO EDUCATION
Chapter 4 - Council on International Educational Exchange
Liudmila Mikhailova, American Councils for International Education
Commentators: Josef Mestenhauser, University of Minnesota; Lynda Cherry, Gift of Light Foundation; and Mary Hickey, New Westminister University, and Author’s Response.
Chapter 5 - Cross-Cultural Learning in a Teacher Education Partnership
Alan Wheeler, Brock University, and Sadrudin Pardham, Aga Khan University
Commentators: Tim Goddard, University of Calgary, Ed Koch, University of Calgary, and Authors’ Response.
Chapter 6 - Educational Partnerships in Northern Pakistan
Sadaf Rizvi and Amima Sayee, Aga Khan University.
Commentators: Catherine Warren, University of Calgary, Ratna Ghosh and Muhammad Naseem, McGill University,Phil Johnson, University of Melbourene, University of Calgary, Authors’ Response, and Editor’s Comment.
PART III MODELS FOR CHANGE
Chapter 7 - Incentives and Barriers to Partnerships in South Africa
Walid El Ansari, Oxford Brooks University.
Commentators: Bernard Baum, University of Illinois, and Phil Minnaar, Consultant in Higher Education, Calgary, and Author’s Response.
Chapter 8 - Thinking Community as a Social Investment in Australia
Rosalyn Black, Education Foundation
Commentators: Martin Stewart-Weeks,Albany Consulting Group, and Sheila Carruthers, Consultant, Calgary; and Author’s Response.
Chapter 9 - Partnership for Multigrade and Bilingual Education in Vietnam
Paul Moyneux and Marilyn Wooley, University of Melbourne.
Commentators: Louise Partridge, Kosovo Educator Development Project, Hetty Rosessingh, University of Calgary,and Authors’ Response.
Afterword Patricia Klinck
Bibliography
Index