ERIC Number: ED343869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A School and University Collaborative Project between Memphis City Schools and Memphis State University.
Valesky, Thomas C.; Etheridge, Carol P.
The partnership between Memphis State University (Tennessee) and seven Memphis City Schools using school-based decision making (SBDM) has evolved into a unique cooperative relationship. The goal of the pilot SBDM initiative has been to restructure the schools involved. University researchers undertook to observe and document the change process by attending planning, training, and decision making sessions at the seven sites and at district level over the first 3 years of SBDM implementation. This paper describes the partnership enjoyed by university researchers and the participants in the SBDM initiative of the Memphis City Schools and uses the partnership as a point of reference for a discussion of some of the concerns and issues associated with school and university collaboration. The discussion includes a description of the data collection and analysis and the objectives and manner of sharing research results with school personnel. Additional topics discussed include the need for commitment from both partners and the benefits to both partners. Appendices provide the School Council Group Process and Decision Making Inventory, bar graphs, and school climate data summaries. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Memphis City Schools TN; Memphis State University TN; Teacher Researcher Cooperation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Antonio, TX, February 25-28, 1992).