ERIC Number: ED374509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
A Three-Year Examination of Participants' Perspectives of Educational Partnerships.
Padak, Nancy; And Others
The Cooperative Alliance, funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1990, is a partnership among three agencies--Kent State University (KSU), Cleveland Public Schools' (CPS) Center for School Improvement, and International Business Machines (IBM) EdQuest Corporation--to enhance educational planning for minority and/or educationally disadvantaged students in both regular and gifted K-12 education. This paper presents findings of a 3-year study that examined participants' perspectives about the development of the educational partnership. In the third year of the study, interviews were conducted with all 16 members of the partnership's advisory body, the Joint Partnership Advisory Council (JPAC). Conclusions are that, first, an educational partnership must focus on helping partners to understand the project and to learn from each other. Second, the following key issues remained constant--careful communication, strong leadership, diversity, and focus on project goals. Third, partnerships must learn to accommodate change. Fourth, participants' concerns were related to their partnership roles. Finally, assessments of the partnership process should be built on the assumption that meaning is socially constructed and context dependent. Partnership designs should acknowledge that participants' perceptions will change as the partnership matures. One figure and two tables are included. Contains 21 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).