ERIC Number: ED350251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-27
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Fostering Change through College-School Collaborative Minigrants.
Hange, Jane E.
In 1986, the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) established a minigrant program to foster collaboration between K-12 schools and colleges of education. Between 1986 and 1991, AEL minigrants offered seed money for 63 college-school partnership projects in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Prior to 1991, college-school collaboration was not a requirement, but over half of the 1986-1990 grants awarded involved such collaboration. A 1991 study examined project effectiveness in creating collaboratives for the improvement of schools and preservice/inservice teacher education. Surveys were mailed to investigators of 30 projects which used college-school collaboration. The survey employed demographic items, Likert-scale items, and open-ended response items to query respondent perceptions of project effectiveness and outcomes. A comparison of 1986-1990 responses and 1991 responses found few differences between the principal investigator or school partner perceptions of project outcomes and effectiveness. The most important outcomes were found in the areas of K-12 students, teacher development or school improvement, collaboration, college-university improvement, and contributions to literature or personal research. Recommendations are offered for school partners, college-university partners, and organizations funding projects. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Appalachia Educational Laboratory WV; Kentucky; Minigrants; Partnerships in Education; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Antonio, TX, February 25-28, 1992).