This study considers the effects of partnerships in education upon student achievement and ultimately their quality of education. Background literature provides a history of the origins and general purpose of partnerships as well as examples of partnerships active in schools today. The literature separates partnerships into three categories and describes characteristics of each: one business/many schools, one business/one district, and one business/one school Supporting theories include concepts of functionalism, conflict theory , and symbolic interactionism which illustrate the partnership relationship reflecting upon both a broader perspectives as well as upon individual relationships. Methodology includes an investigation of the third type of partnerships through interviews conducted with representatives of three partnership projects within the Baltimore City Public Schools. Results indicate that partnership programs within the study population may have positive effect; upon student academic achievement and the quality of their education, according to informal evaluations by principals. However, no formal evaluations have heen conducted hy professional evaluation research teams. A sample schedule of interview questions is presented which may he utilized for future evaluations as well as suggestions for evaluation designs to which the interview schedule might be applied. Future research suggested includes other areas of community involvement as well more detailed investigations as to the nature of the success of specific partnerships.


Hurst, Charles


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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