ERIC Number: ED369320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-4
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Promoting Multi-Site Collaborative Inquiry: Initial Efforts and Challenges.
Rafferty, Cathleen D.
This paper explores perspectives, issues, and experiences related to initiating collaborative inquiry across multiple levels and sites, based on school-university partnerships developed between Indiana State University (ISU) and 10 professional development schools (five elementary schools, one middle school, and four high schools). Principles guiding collaboration, basic assumptions, and themes are outlined. Challenges involved in collaborative inquiry may be due to cultural differences between schools and universities--for example, the university culture produces scholarly knowledge while school faculty are expected to use rather than produce knowledge. A paradigm shift is therefore necessary, to establish new norms for collegial, collaborative, inquiry-based relationships. Such a paradigm shift requires attention to group dynamics, action research processes, and adult development theories. Collaborative inquiry goals and a three-phase plan developed by the Collaborative Inquiry Team at ISU are presented. The paper concludes that collaborative inquiry has much potential to support learning and restructuring at both schools and universities; that there are many complexities in equipping faculty with skills, abilities, and dispositions necessary to collaborate; and that collaborative inquiry should be depicted as a journey rather than a destination. Appendices provide a description of collaborative inquiry, a call for proposals for inquiry projects, an instrument for screening inquiry proposals, and a sample proposal. (Contains 24 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Development, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Inquiry, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Implementation, Theory Practice Relationship, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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