Educational Partnerships and the State: The Paradoxes of Governing Schools, Children, and Families

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Educational Partnerships and the State is a compelling collection of essays by an international group of scholars that provides a critical exploration of the role of partnerships in contemporary educational reform. Their focus is on the expanding role that collaboration between the public and private sector has come to play in the governing of schools, children, and families in response to an array of worldwide economic and social changes. The contributors to this volume highlight the new relationship between civil society and the state through partnerships and what that linkage has come to mean for an array of educational issues including academic achievement, school governance, school parent-relationships, teacher education, the construction of family and community involvement, and the discourses of reform as practices that order participation and action.

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"Educational Partnerships and the State presents a timely and significant commentary on the complex issues raised by recent attempts by reformers, in the USA and Britain, to use partnerships to link the civil society and the state and, in so doing, to find a 'third way' in policy between excessive reliance on either the state or on markets. The editors and contributors to this book caution that, beneath the appealing rhetoric of partnerships, a number of dangers and paradoxes lurk. Beneath the language of social inclusion, new patterns of exclusion may develop; beneath attempts to expand civil society, the regulatory power of the state may increase. Partnerships to bring the poor into decision-making may ultimately engineer greater parent and community support for institutional goals set by elites. In presenting critical analysis that reveals these kinds of dangers in 'third way' reforms, this volume contributes to a more sophisticated understanding of the policy dilemmas facing reformers and educators today. Policy-makers, scholars, activists, and educators should read this book."—William L. Boyd, Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Administration, Department of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University
"Franklin, Bloch and Popkewitz's Educational Partnerships and the State could not be more timely. The volume significantly increases our knowledge of the meaning, development, and operation of educational partnerships. Franklin and his colleagues powerfully connect educational partnerships to questions of citizenship development and education for a democratic society. Franklin, Bloch, and Popkewitz, simply put, help us to better understand what educational partnerships are and why genuine and effective partnerships are so crucial for the future of democracy. I enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it."—Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Director, Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403961297
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry M. Franklin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at Utah State University.

Marianne N. Bloch is Professor in the School of Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Thomas S. Popkewitz is Professor in the School of Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Table of Contents

Partnerships: The Social Pact and Changing Systems of Reason in a Comparative Perspectives—Thomas S. Popkewitz
• Partnership as a Floating and Empty Signifier within Educational Policies—R. Buenfil Burgos
• Partnerships in a Cold Climate: The Case of Britain—Barry M. Franklin and Gary McCulloch
• Educational Action Zones: Model Partnerships—Marny Dickson, Sharon Gewirtz, David Halpin, Sally Power, and Geoff Whitty
• Partnerships: The Community Context in Miami—M. Yvette Baber and Kathyrn M. Borman with Jennifer Avery and Edgar Amador
• The Public-Private Nexus in Education—Henry M. Levin
• Governance and Accountability in the Michigan Partnership for New Education: Reconstructing Democratic Participation—Lynn Fendler
• Partnerships and Parents: Issues of Sex and Gender in Policy and Practice—Miriam E. David
• Partnering to Serve and Save the Child with Potential—Marianne Bloch, I-Fang Lee, and Ruth L. Peach

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