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The role of school as community hub and its implications on promoting community cohesion towards sustainable communities

Mansor, HN 2014, The role of school as community hub and its implications on promoting community cohesion towards sustainable communities , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Purpose:The aim of this research is to develop a conceptual framework that incorporatesa new understanding of key elements that address and realign the roles of a school as a community hub in promoting community cohesion. Findings:The final finding is a new conceptual framework for the understanding of local community perspectives on the role of the school as a community hub.This framework enhances significant values and leads to the creation of guidance to promote community cohesion and to sustain opportunities for existing and future development of schools. Detailed themes in the findings demonstrate a need to propose significant strategies to address the key challenges of the role of school as a community hub. Research limitations / implications:This study looks at the relationships that underlie the visions to see the capabilities of school roles as community hub which then highlights significant ways of delivering efforts to promote cohesion in the community. The implementation of the research will depend upon the extent to which stakeholders discern and accept the new inter-relationships and community cohesion principles proposed. Design / methodology / approach:Grounded Theory Methods (GTM) and Rich Picture Diagrams (RPD) were the approaches taken to collecting and analysing the data from two case studies, one situated in the United Kingdom and the other in Malaysia. Practical implications:Promoting community cohesion requires the role of school to be rediscovered as a concept of a community hub that potentially meets current social needs and those of future generations. Practitioners and policy makers need to be aligned with the new conceptual framework as its represent the engagement of the local communities with the strategies and agendas of sustainable communities. Originality / value In the world of social and culture diversity, this study lays out new understanding and strategies on the conceptual framework of a school as a community hub facility on promoting community cohesion.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Funders: Malaysia Government
Depositing User: HN Mansor
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 15:27
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31935

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