ERIC Number: ED198132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Interaction Partner System: A Design for Professional Collaboration. Overview.
Szymanski, Marcella D.; Eade, Gordon
The Interaction Partner System (IPS) was designed and implemented by the Okaloosa County Teacher Corps Project and the University of West Florida. It was an answer to several dilemmas: teacher isolation, irrelevant and inflexible teacher inservice training, and theories and research developed at the graduate level which rarely found their way into the schools. By enabling preservice and inservice teachers to focus together on common concerns within a site school, the IPS attempted to achieve four goals: to create positive change in teacher behavior; to offer a research option for earning inservice credit; to encourage immediate applicability of the developed research designs; and to provide a model for teacher education centers and colleges of education. Each degree program participant was asked to solicit the involvement of another teacher within the school, providing the following incentives: freedom to alter general school and class schedules; use of substitute teachers and materials needed for research; and letters of commendation for their files. Special guidelines were laid out, and each student kept a log of the interaction and the length of each encounter. One inservice credit was awarded to participating teachers for each hour of involvement. (FG)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of West Florida, Pensacola. Educational Research and Development Center.