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The Role of Social Capital in Sustaining Partnership

Dhillon, Jaswinder (2009) The Role of Social Capital in Sustaining Partnership. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (5). pp. 687-704. ISSN Print: 0141-1926 Online: 1469-3518

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Abstract

Partnership is a dominant theme in education policy and practice in England and in other western countries but remains relatively under-researched, especially with respect to what sustains a partnership. This article draws on a study of partnership working in the field of post-16 learning that revealed the role of dimensions of social capital in supporting and sustaining the case study partnership. The research adopted a grounded approach and used multiple methods of data gathering including observations of partnership meetings, semi-structured interviews and documentary research. The findings reported here focus on aspects of partnership working and facets of social capital that support and sustain partnership, including multiple layers of collaboration, networks and networking, high levels of trust and shared norms and values amongst key participants. The analysis suggests that the contested concept of social capital provides a useful theoretical frame for understanding the basis of sustainability in education partnerships.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: education policy, sustainability, social capital, education partnerships
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Jaswinder Dhillon
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 15:04
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 15:04
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4946

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