This project looks at renewed interest in developing schools as community hubs, analysing policy and practical dimensions of opening up schools for wider community use.
In Australia and internationally, there is increasing interest in making more effective use of schools as community hubs.
Investment in shared school facilities aims to engage parents and local communities in schooling, to coordinate educational and community services, and to encourage civic participation. There is little research on the conceptual and practical problems associated with engaging local communities in the planning, use and governance of shared facilities, or on the benefits to schools and communities of shared use.
Combining analysis of international policy and practice and rich local site studies, this project will generate new empirically grounded insights into this significant development in educational and social policy.