Managing school-university partnerships at Edith Cowan University
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre
Relationships between initial teacher education providers and schools in Australia have been under scrutiny in the past decade, prompted by the realisation, mainly from the perspective of the university sector, that these relationships need to be strengthened. Reviews of education, such as Ramsey (2000), have placed a strong emphasis on restoring this link. The logical extension of this idea is the development of partnerships between universities and schools. This chapter critically analyses the development of university administrative structures for partnerships between government schools and the School of Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia. An historical sketch is given of how the School of Education has responded to partnership demands during the period 2003-2007, and the changes it has made to its partnership administrative structure. Specifically, the School of Education has grappled with clarifying and rearranging roles of key personnel regarding professional practice requirements and relationships with its partnership schools. But with its recent formulation of a definition and key principles for partnership, the School is beginning to take a more critical stance and examine its taken-for-granted assumptions about ‘partnership’.