ERIC Number: ED103551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
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Creating a Community of Inquiry: Conflict, Collaboration, Transformation.
Torbert, William R.
This book concerns the experience of the author during two years (1966-68) as director of an Upward Bound program, which has the goal of helping poverty high school students gain admission to college. "Within two years I was to experience the immense satisfaction of sharing in a collaborative community of inquiry that was demonstrably generating new kinds of learning and new degrees of success for the students and staff. And I was also to experience the immense distress of a disintegrating community. Throughout this time I was trying to encourage a climate in which each could articulate his aims and receive feedback about his behavior and his effects on others. As the book shows, my theory about what it meant to organize a school collaboratively developed important new facets both during and after the program, eventuating in a theory of historical stages of development reported toward the end of the book. In the final chapters I return to a fuller sketch of the meaning of an approach to experience which [he] has termed 'inquiry-in-action' and 'action science.' I have relegated many traditional social science measuring techniques to relatively low visibility in this study, although interview results, questionnaire analyses, and behavior scoring schemes applied to taped conservations all appear at critical points to add persepective to the events." (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Connecticut (New Haven)