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ERIC Number: ED170274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Uncomfortable Assertions about Collaboration.
Yarger, Sam J.
The concept of collaboration, which underlies the design and structure of the Teacher Center Policy Board, has been widely accepted as an effective mechanism, but this acceptance is to a large degree without sound basis. A number of assertions can be supported about the ineffectiveness of collaboration: (1) collaboration in teacher education is becoming an end unto itself and is not a means for improving programs; (2) collaborative structures in teacher education tend to disrupt existing governance mechanisms, thus either impeding or isolating program development; (3) collaboration is often not related to quality or improvement in program development; (4) collaboration operates against competent program developers functioning freely and exhibiting sensitively to their clients; and (5) unless collaborative governance structures operate as support systems for competent program developers, the process will lower rather than raise the quality of programs. (DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 1979)