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Azilawati Jamaludin, Toh, Y., & Hung, D. W. L. (2018). Empowering partnerships for school-based innovations scale and sustainability. In T. S. Koh & D. Hung (Eds.), Leadership for change: The Singapore schools' experience (pp. 127-151). Singapore; Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific, 2018.
In this chapter, we share the importance of partnerships among schools, families, and communities as a means for supporting students’ purposeful learning. Within the context of Singapore schools, we found that efforts to create and sustain school partnerships are not only facing accountability pressures arising from high stakes testing where discretionary time for public educators is a scarce and dwindling resource, but also by the need to innovate teaching and learning in response to the many demands of future uncertainties. In addressing the latter issues, we are clear that collaborative partnership work must be carefully designed to yield visible and valued benefits for mutual parties and, more importantly, to ensure that they are benefits to the school system. In this chapter, we describe the partnership design strategies that are embedded in the practical enactments of a school- based transformative education agenda in Singapore. Through a case example of a Singapore secondary school, we share a partnership model that focuses on not only empowering the school in terms of its development of school-based innovations leading to purposeful learning but also the scale and sustainability of these innovations beyond its initial context of development, to ‘partnering’ schools on these innovations that move towards life-long, life-wide, life-deep and life-wise learning. We also discuss future directions to empirically advance the empowering partnership model.
This is the final draft of a book chapter published by World Scientific. The published version is available at https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10633
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