ERIC Number: ED343277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Teacher Collaboration and Constraint: Quantitative Ethnographies of Two Middle Schools. Final Report.
Hart-Landsberg, Sylvia; And Others
Successful collaborative efforts depend upon an efficient workgroup communication network. With the continuing evolution of powerful information and communication technologies, designers are facing the challenge of fitting these technologies to organizational and workgroup structures and workstyles. The goals of this project are to use previous research on workgroups in selected occupations and apply it to teachers at two middle schools in order to learn about their collaboration and the ways technologies can be designed to support them. The changing roles of teachers have direct implications for product development and marketing strategies in four areas. First, overburdened by large class sizes and the expanding social needs of their students, teachers have a need to share and coordinate ideas and information which new and existing technologies can address. Second, the social needs of students overflow into every aspect of the teacher's workday. A combination of new and existing communication and information technologies could help teachers to contact parents and social service providers. Third, education, social conditions, and political attitudes are converging. Technology will aid in coordinating this blend of needs resulting from the complex communicative problems involved. Finally, integrating education with other social services will focus on the child in market and product strategies, which may be particularly successful in the new educational environment. (90 references) (64 tables) (LAP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: U.S. West Advanced Technologies, Portland, OR.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.