ERIC Number: ED215044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Case Studies of Three Urban University-School Collaboratives Mandated for the Improvement of Educational Practice. Volume I, Final Report. Revised.
Chin, R.; And Others
This is Volume I of a two-volume report of a study on the exchange and use of knowledge for school improvement in three paired educational systems in Boston, Massachusetts. The pairings, which involved the collaboration of a college/university with one or more of the Boston public schools, were among 26 such collaborative arrangements mandated by court order in 1975 as part of Boston's desegregation program. The pairs investigated were: (1) Harris University-Boston Public Schools District A; (2) Massachusetts College-District B; and (3) Dunfey University-District C. The study investigated the process of interorganizational collaboration on school improvement projects within each of the paired systems. Case studies of the systems investigated are contained in the second volume of this report. This volume explains the study purposes, defines key terms, and discusses the study approach. A conceptual model of the interorganizational process derived from the case studies is described, followed by an application of the model in cross case analysis. The report concludes that in varying degrees, knowledge was exchanged and used in the pairings primarily through face-to-face rather than written communication. Such knowledge exchange/use was found to be governed by the interaction of the systems' structural arrangements, history and environment, and the hierarchy of needs and resources. Details of cross-coding schemes, a bibliography, and a directory of similar collaboratives are included as appendices. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Involvement, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Information Utilization, Instructional Improvement, Organizational Communication, Organizational Theories, Systems Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: TDR Associates, Inc., Newton, MA.
Identifiers: Boston Public Schools MA
Note: For related documents, see UD 022 202-203.