ERIC Number: ED210261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
School-University Collaboration Supporting School Improvement. Volume II: The Eastern State Case.
Levinson, Nanette S.
This case study focuses on formal agreements between a college of education and individual school districts. The Office of Field Experiences (OFE), founded at Eastern State University's College of Education in the 1960s, formally collaborated with five school districts to establish either teacher centers or professional development centers. Each of these formal collaborations, involving exchanges of resources to establish and maintain the centers, constituted a district-level interorganizational arrangement (IOA). Coordinators of the centers attended monthly OFE meetings. Additionally, OFE held its own retreat, special events, and workshops. The OFE represented a holistic IOA which formally and regularly brought together the coordinators of the separate district level IOAs. Part One of this case study presents a history of the IOA, its historical and institutional context, and the founding of the first centers. Part Two outlines the present configuration of the IOA, changes in objectives, key persons, resource changes, activities, barriers, facilitators, and dynamics between participants. Descriptions are also given of operations of the Cardon County Center and the Hanburg County Center. In Part Three, outcomes are described for the IOA as a whole and for the Cardon and Hanburg Centers. Another section presents a discussion of future possibilities for all units of the IOA. A presentation is given of three episodes which illustrate the interorganizational dynamics of the Eastern State University case. (JD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College School Cooperation, Higher Education, Information Systems, Institutional Cooperation, Networks, Organizational Communication, Professional Development, Program Development, Regional Cooperation, Resource Centers, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Schools of Education, Teacher Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. Center for Technology and Administration.
Note: For related documents, see SP 019 178-180.