Soziales Kapital in Bildungspartnerschaften
Companies and schools increasingly acknowledge a lack of job orientation at schools in Germany. In order to tackle growing skills shortage they set up partnerships, e.g. students working on practical projects in companies. Lack of mutual understanding challenges communication between business and schools. This study is based on interviews of 20 committed representatives of companies, schools and network initiatives involved in durable partnerships. Motivation, success factors and results are evaluated in detail. A software-based method of qualitative research is applied which sheds light on the implicit relations between statements and value patterns of interviewees. Social Capital Theory is applied, an innovative approach in partnerships studies, and results indicate ist practicability in this research field. Practical recommendations for successful school-business partnerships are derived.