ERIC Number: ED332264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Dailiness of School Collaboration.
Regan, Helen B.
This paper discusses an experiment-in-progress that focused on an investigation of novel school collaboration procedures. Two schools participated in the experiment. The principals of these schools were asked for their definition of "collaboration" and a metaphoric description of their schools. Following a collaborative skills workshop, tasks that required participant collaboration were simulated by the experimenters. Participants included the principals and volunteer teachers, who kept in mind the definitions and metaphors that were created to describe collaboration in their respective schools. Then real tasks were created. The results from the observations merit a continuation of the experiment. The evolution of collaborative efforts is evident in: (1) the transition from individual to cooperative team efforts; (2) the institutionalization of collaborative endeavors; (3) the transference of collaborative initiatives coming from the experimenters or the consultants to the participants or the collaborators; (4) a growth of teachers' sense of efficacy as a result of satisfactory process and task outcomes; and (5) the transference of collaborative strategies to other groups outside the experiment for the purpose of socializing them within schools. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
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