ERIC Number: ED323604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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University-Local District Partnerships: The Case of the California Educational Research Cooperative.
Zykowski, Jane L.; Mitchell, Douglas E.
The structure and function of the California Educational Research Cooperative (CERC), a collaborative action research organization designed to link research to educational practice, is described in this paper. A brief history of school-university partnerships and a review of the status of these partnerships is provided, followed by a description of the CERC research cycle, which is based on purposeful agenda setting, and of the CERC governance structure, which is based on a participative decision making forum. Based on the success of CERC so far, it is concluded that factors for success of school-university partnerships, should include: (1) shared professional resources and services; (2) relevant research programs with practical significance; (3) professional collegiality and training; (4) school improvement objectives; (5) quarterly reports and assessments; and (6) public support. Five figures present information on CERC financial and organizational aspects and on school-university partnership characteristics. (21 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Action Research, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Institutional Cooperation, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Research and Instruction Units, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Shared Resources and Services, Theory Practice Relationship, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).