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Barriers to consider when bridging an international primary school partnership: South Africa and United States

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This research explores the process of facilitating a partnership between primary-level classes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa and an elementary school in Bethlehem, PA. It focuses on teachers' perceptions of the benefits and costs of participating, as well as barriers to a sustainable partnership. The project as initially conceived planned to use the reproduction of disadvantage caused by apartheid's legacy and sought to help liberate the South African school by partnering it with a school without this background. The theoretical approach considers school organizational theory to explain why teachers would want to join a partnership, and why their initial motivation might not be sufficient to sustain their participation in the face of structural barriers. The methodology consists of information collected through conversations and classroom observations in the two participating schools. Preliminary evidence indicates that while teachers' motivations for engaging in an international partnership may be strong, the effort required to sustain one, especially considering challenges posed by technology limitations and their school's organizational structure, may prove too great a cost.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Anderson, Emily., Janis, Thomas. and Kuhlman, Leah. "Barriers to consider when bridging an international primary school partnership: South Africa and United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486477_index.html>

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Anderson, E. , Janis, T. and Kuhlman, L. "Barriers to consider when bridging an international primary school partnership: South Africa and United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486477_index.html

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Abstract: This research explores the process of facilitating a partnership between primary-level classes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa and an elementary school in Bethlehem, PA. It focuses on teachers' perceptions of the benefits and costs of participating, as well as barriers to a sustainable partnership. The project as initially conceived planned to use the reproduction of disadvantage caused by apartheid's legacy and sought to help liberate the South African school by partnering it with a school without this background. The theoretical approach considers school organizational theory to explain why teachers would want to join a partnership, and why their initial motivation might not be sufficient to sustain their participation in the face of structural barriers. The methodology consists of information collected through conversations and classroom observations in the two participating schools. Preliminary evidence indicates that while teachers' motivations for engaging in an international partnership may be strong, the effort required to sustain one, especially considering challenges posed by technology limitations and their school's organizational structure, may prove too great a cost.


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