The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Partnerships In Action

Partnerships in Action explores, at multiple levels, a university–school–community partnership in action. The chapters provide rich and dynamic accounts of the activities that make up this partnership, within a context of extreme social inequality. The contributors share an enduring commitment to whole-school improvement. They describe how, through interdisciplinary collaboration, they negotiate the multiple political, social and structural complexities which arise in the coming together of the partners.

The book’s uniqueness lies in its combination of practical implementation and sound theoretical scholarship from a range of disciplines. Not only does the partnership strengthen the university’s commitment to community-engagement, but it offers new insights to all students, stakeholders, academic staff, and social researchers – in universities, education departments and NGOs – with an interest in improving schooling, and building social justice.

Endorsements

‘Compelling and thought-provoking, this book makes an enormous contribution to the literature on community engaged scholarship and school–university partnerships. In particular, their collaborative approach to engaged scholarship is one I have seldom seen articulated so clearly and with so much authenticity.’

– Janice McMillan

Director: UCT Global Citizenship programme

‘The book opens up a space of frank discussion about the often unsettling, messy realities of ethical decision-making in the thick of social research. It is unique in spanning a range of research scenarios across different disciplines working in conditions of inequality.’

–Judy Favish

Director: UCT Institutional Planning (2003–2016)

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 272
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2469-8
Publish Year : October 2018
Rights : World Rights

List of figures and tables v Editors’ note

Foreword

Abbreviations and acronyms xvi Acknowledgements

  1. Activating partnerships: The Schools Improvement Initiative at the

University of Cape Town

Patti Silbert, Jonathan Clark and Ferial Parker

1. Setting the scene: Schooling in Khayelitsha

Jonathan Clark

2. A snapshot of a partner primary school: Intshayelelo Primary

Jonathan Clark and Mxolisi Mbobo

3. A snapshot of a partner secondary school: Usasazo High

Patti Silbert and Patrick Barnes

4. Reimagining interdisciplinary collaboration through a university–school partnership

Patti Silbert and Roshan Galvaan

5. Policy ideas distilled through a university–district partnership: Lessons from the

iKwezi Lead Teacher Project

Susan Meyer, Kaashief Hassan, Diane Hendricks, Cally Kühne and Gary Powell

6. Building organisational capacity through a principals’ community of practice

Janis Wylie and Patti Silbert

7. Critical occupational therapy in the margins: Parent participation in under- resourced

schools

Liesl Peters and Roshan Galvaan

8. Introducing microteaching as a developmental tool for library assistants in under-

resourced school libraries

Patti Silbert and Constance Bitso

9. New possibilities for supporting homework practices through a university–

school partnership

Roshan Galvaan and Patti Silbert

10. Facilitating social inclusion through communication: How do speech- and language

therapy students negotiate their transition into community practice?

Kristen Abrahams, Harsha Kathard, Lizé Mostert, Freda Walters and Roshan Galvaan

11. Rethinking approaches to occupational therapy intervention: Learning in and from

an under-resourced school

Pam Gretschel, Shireen Damonse and Mellisa Francke

12. Partnerships in action: Establishing a model of collaborative support for student and

mentor teachers through a university–school partnership

Patti Silbert and Clare Verbeek

13. Reflections on community engagement through interdisciplinary collaboration for the

purpose of whole-school improvement

Patti Silbert, Roshan Galvaan and Jonathan Clark

14. Enlarged thinking and asymmetrical reciprocity in an ethics of engagement:

A reflection on university–school partnerships

Pam Christie

Patti Silbert is project manager of the Schools Improvement Initiative (SII) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Roshan Galvaan is a professor in occupational therapy at the University Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Jonathan Clark is director of the Schools Development Unit (SDU) and Schools Improvement Initiative (SII) in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town.

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