This book is the result of a three year long collective work undertaken by the European Comenius Network CoDeS (School Community Collaboration for Sustainable Development) funded by the EU. The network constitutes of researchers, teacher
educators, school teachers, environmental educators and policy makers involved in their own countries and communities in the development of collaborative processes between schools and communities to foster local sustainable development. This
book belongs to a collection of books titled “CoDeS Tools for you”. The aim of the books in the collection is to provide a variety of useful resources for those interested in promoting the collaboration between schools and communities for sustainable
The first part of the book includes the methodological tools used to promote case identification, reflection and writing among CoDeS network partners. The aim of this chapter is to provide tools and reflecting opportunities for networks interested
into engaging in comparative international case study of school and community collaborations. In addition, this part also includes the results of a survey obtained through the comparison of 42 CoDeS cases taken from CoDeS Case Blog. The survey aims at identifying theoretical and methodological perspectives on social learning and community development in ESD from an international stand point that incorporate a critical and reflective outlook at the traditional literature on case
writing in this area. In doing so, this part of the book aims at providing theoretical tools to overcome the prescriptive and theoretical nature of much comparative case writing in ESD.
The second part of the book includes selected case studies on school community collaboration for sustainable development authored by the actors involved in the cases. These chapters are representative of a diversity of countries, geographies,
schools, actors, and communities illuminating different key issues on school community collaboration. The cases are the result of authors’ process of becoming critical so that the writing emphasizes the processes over the results of the school community collaboration, the multiple perspectives of actors involved over the neutral grand narrative and finally the tensions that underlie the dynamics of school community collaboration in SD today. More CoDeS cases can be found in CoDeS homepage and in the CoDeSCases Blog (www.codescaseblog.wordpress.com).