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An Examination of Partnerships Between Out-of-School Learning (OSL) Organizations and Schools

Doyle, James (2020) An Examination of Partnerships Between Out-of-School Learning (OSL) Organizations and Schools. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to understand the elements that contribute to successful partnerships between schools and out-of-school learning programs to establish a base set of recommendations for practitioners to implement. Qualitative interviews were conducted with five school principals, five nonprofit executive directors, and five OSL program directors all representing one mid-sized urban metropolitan in the United States. The interviewees responded to questions around their experiences in partnering together and their reflections on what made these partnerships go well and not go well. They also shared their unique perspectives on what conditions must be in place for these types of partnerships to have success. The responses were categorized into three high-level categories based on the themes present from each interviewee. There were 111 mentions of a theme related to people: how the key stakeholders in the partnership interact and engage with one another, there were 78 mentions of a theme related to institutional practices: how the physical entities and organizations that support the partnerships operate, and there were 26 mentions of a theme related to programming: the specific aspects of the youth-serving opportunities that each entity provides. Based on the literature, research, and interview data, it is recommended that schools and OSL programs seeking to partner must recognize and accept a power inequality, invest in relationships and communication, and maintain consistency in program and school operations.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Doyle, Jamesjames.earl.doyle@gmail.comjed1470000-0002-5492-4634
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberAllen, Dara
Committee MemberCrowley, Kevincrowleyk@pitt.educrowleyk0000-0002-6798-9189
Committee MemberIriti, Jennifeririti@pitt.eduiriti0000-0002-5703-9948
Committee ChairAkiva, Thomastomakiva@pitt.edutomakiva0000-0003-1872-0316
Date: 7 July 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 April 2020
Approval Date: 7 July 2020
Submission Date: 1 June 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 55
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: After-school OST Out-of-School Time Partnerships Principals Schools
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 19:17
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2023 18:13


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