ERIC Number: ED362150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Success in Educational Partnerships Involving Technology.
Baker, Linda M.
The goals of educational partnerships between schools and businesses or associations often include the purchase of educational technology and its integration into the daily life of schools. A study was conducted to determine the common features of successful technology partnerships and factors that contribute to success. After preliminary analysis of the literature, data were collected through telephone interviews with 23 representatives of 15 educational partnerships involving businesses, schools, and universities. Professionals from all three groups enjoyed partnership participation, and over half expected their partnerships to continue. Twenty-one respondents considered their programs successful, although many thought that evaluation had not been entirely adequate. Many problematic features were identified, including failures of planning and implementation and logistic problems. Partners sometimes disagreed about the technology or the roles of partners and teachers, but conflicts generally were resolved. Choosing people and sites carefully was identified as one of the most important components of success. Responses emphasized that partnerships, while they have great potential for enhancing education, require hard work for success. An appendix contains the interview protocol. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Success, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.