ERIC Number: ED230496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Mutual Inquiry: The Role of Collaborative Research on Teaching in School-Based Staff Development. Ecological Perpectives for Successful Schooling Practice.
Mergendoller, John R.
Collaborative research can contribute to teachers' personal growth and professional development as well as to the coordination of instructional approaches and goals throughout the school. Collaborative research in teaching can be defined as research conducted inside the classroom by two or more individuals with different role orientations and professional concerns. The collaborative effort can be seen in the mutual work and ideas of the Ecological Perspectives for Successful Schooling Practice Project (Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, California) and of another research project, Interactive Research and Development on Teaching (Tikunoff, Ward, and Griffin). Three general characteristics of collaborative research are: (1) Collaborative research requires the establishment of parity among collaborators; (2) It demands the maintenance of reciprocal relationships among team members representing different professional orientations; and (3) It requires the establishment of a common language among its participants. Three collaborative research activities found particularly productive are: (1) open-ended interviews; (2) collaborative data analysis; and (3) collaborative planning. Collaborative research on teaching has a central role to play in staff development programs. It provides an important core of activities in which teachers and researchers come together and examine the problems and possibilities of teaching. (JM)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Communication Skills, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Data Collection, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Interprofessional Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Problem Solving, Research Design, Research Methodology, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Collaborative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, 1981). For related documents, see SP 022 258 and SP 022 260-267.