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ERIC Number: ED139756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Work-Study Team: A Model for Collaboration Between School and University. Occasional Paper No. 19.
Hagberg, Hilma; And Others
The work-study team concept has evolved from a Teacher Corps grant to Stanford School of Education and Herbert Hoover Junior High School, San Jose, California, and represents the basic vehicle of the project for collaboration between the university and school in providing more effective inservice education, school improvement, and field-based research. Eight work-study teams were organized: four concerned with the subject areas of mathematics, language arts, social studies, and physical education; four "innovation teams" dealt with multicultural education, bilingual education, teaching in open space, and community involvement. Four of the teams were relatively successful, two remained functioning through the year, and two effectively disbanded before the end of the year for lack of support or interest. Two of the more serious difficulties were goal definition, and trust and leadership. Positive experience suggested that collaboration is possible if: (1) decisions affecting the school community are made by the school-staff team members; (2) time is invested in developing good team relations; (3) team members are willing to assume new roles; and (4) concrete, immediate problems provide the initial focus for collaboration. Limitations of the concept involve (1) the length of time needed to develop trust and credibility, (2) individual differences in team member capacities for dealing with competing goals, (3) the capability for stimulating unperceived staff development needs, and (4) practical limitations involving participant involvement, incentives, physical distances, scheduling etc. Guidelines for determining the need for and organizing effective teams and for ensuring their continuing effectiveness have been appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.