ERIC Number: ED347958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Collaboration: Enhancing the Quality of Scholarship and Teaching. ERIC Digest.
Austin, Ann E.; Baldwin, Roger G.
This brief report summarizes a longer document with the same title. It reviews how college faculty are increasingly collaborating to do much of their work. It notes that the two principal forms of collaboration, teaching and research, are often distinctive arrangements depending on the field of study, institutional environment, and task requirements. However, controversy surrounds the use of collaboration efforts, mostly because of inequitable uses of power and influence by some team members, the loss of professional identity, and problems involving integrity. Listed are ways in which administrators can foster collaboration, such as in resource allocation; developing supportive policies rewarding collaborative efforts, both publicly and privately; and the removal of certain organizational barriers. Key steps in the collaborative process are typically: (1) choose colleagues or team members; (2) divide the labor; (3) establish work guidelines; and (4) terminate the collaboration. Finally, it is recommended that more qualitative and quantitative research be done in collaboration to help remove the myths about this process and enhance opportunities for a successful experience. Contains 12 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Administration, Collegiality, Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Faculty College Relationship, Group Activities, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Interprofessional Relationship, Organizational Climate, Participatory Research, Peer Relationship, Team Teaching, Teamwork
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1186 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.