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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School for Education Futures > Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE) > Professional and Adult Learning > The rhetoric and reality of partnership working

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Title: The rhetoric and reality of partnership working
Authors: Dhillon, Jaswinder
Citation: Journal of Further and Higher Education, 29(3): 211 - 219
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Journal: Journal of Further and Higher Education
Issue Date: 2005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/22855
DOI: 10.1080/03098770500166769
Additional Links: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/Default.aspx?page=15125
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713430659
Abstract: This article presents an analysis of the policy rhetoric of partnership and the reality of the process of partnership working using data from a qualitative case study of a sub-regional partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to widen participation in post-16 learning in the Black Country, a part of the Midlands in England. Data collected through observation of partnership meetings, in-depth interviews with members of the Partnership Board and documentary analysis provide a rich insight into the work of the partnership and the processes that have shaped its lifecycle. The findings reveal that at one level of analysis, partnership can be interpreted as a pragmatic response to New Labour's policy initiatives in the post-16 sector of education and training but this reading of the data does not explain the ability of the case study partnership to sustain itself over a period of over five years. A deeper analysis of the stages in the lifecycle of the partnership indicates that shared goals underpinned by mutual values and trust amongst key people in the partnership constitute the 'social glue' that hold organizations and individuals together to provide the basis of effective and sustained partnership working.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Partnership working
Widening participation
Post-16 education
Midlands region
Policy initiatives
Shared goals
ISSN: 0309877X
14699486
Appears in Collections: Professional and Adult Learning

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