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ERIC Number: ED374757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 19
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The Power of Structural and Symbolic Redesign: Creating a Collaborative Learning Community in Higher Education.
Geltner, Beverley B.
This paper describes efforts to redesign a graduate program of educational administration and leadership at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, shaped by contributions of researchers in contemporary management and leadership theory, feminist pedagogy, action research, and educational reform. A culture of collaboration, inclusion, and success for all was created through faculty information-sharing and relationship-building meetings. The program operated on a cohort model, by which approximately 15 students would be admitted once a year, to remain as a working team over the entire 2 years of the program. Admissions criteria were modified to deliberately recruit students with diverse backgrounds, qualities, and experiences. Rites and rituals were created, teams began to create their own meaning and identity by naming themselves, models of collaborative teaching and learning were established, collaborative action research projects were conducted, mentors were identified for all students, and portfolio assessment was integrated with reflective practice and cognitive coaching. The program has demonstrated that the conscious redesign of structure and symbolism can create a different learning environment, one which helps capable women attain the levels of achievement and responsibility of which they are capable. (Contains 24 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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