ERIC Number: ED204379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-16
Working with the Practitioner as a Participant Observer: A Research Strategy for Describing the Cultural Climate of Classrooms.
Darche-Park, Cynthia; Lujan, Jaime
A one-year collaboration research project between San Diego State University and the Sweetwater Union High School District was carried out to test the notion that teachers of limited English-speaking students can effectively carry out research pertinent to them. It included 20 teachers, 16 student teachers assigned to them, two university researchers, and two graduate assistants. It was assumed that teachers of bilingual or limited English-speaking students were themselves the best qualified to determine problems most relevant to research in bilingual settings. A collaborative decision making model was developed, based on three assumptions: (1) parity in decision making for all participants; (2) respect for the unique perspective of each constituency; and (3) equal assumption of responsibility among all participants in the collaborative research and theory development process. The university professors served two roles: to facilitate the establishment of collaborative relationships, and to establish and oversee a process of documentation. A four-step clinical supervision training model was developed and implemented to redefine the relationships between master teachers and student teachers. Because of the time restrictions of the project, the attainment of a full consensus framework for the conduct of a single major research problem was not possible. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).