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Educ. Sci. 2016, 6(4), 34; doi:10.3390/educsci6040034

Mobilization and Adaptation of a Rural Cradle-to-Career Network

Educational Administration, University of Nebraska, 132 Teachers College Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0360, USA
Academic Editor: Hal A. Lawson
Received: 6 July 2016 / Revised: 4 October 2016 / Accepted: 10 October 2016 / Published: 19 October 2016
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This case study explored the development of a rural cradle-to-career network with a dual focus on the initial mobilization of network members and subsequent adaptations made to maintain mobilization, while meeting local needs. Data sources included interviews with network members, observations of meetings, and documentary evidence. Network-based social capital facilitated mobilization. Where networks were absent and where distrust and different values were evident, mobilization faltered. Three network adaptations were discovered: Special rural community organizing strategies, district-level action planning, and a theory of action focused on out-of-school factors. All three were attributable to the composition of mobilized stakeholders and this network’s rural social geography. These findings illuminate the importance of social geography in the development and advancement of rural cradle-to-career networks. View Full-Text
Keywords: cradle-to-career networks; new institutional designs; collaborative partnerships; school-community partnerships; rural schools cradle-to-career networks; new institutional designs; collaborative partnerships; school-community partnerships; rural schools
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Zuckerman, S.J. Mobilization and Adaptation of a Rural Cradle-to-Career Network. Educ. Sci. 2016, 6, 34.

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