ERIC Number: ED378162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-20
School and University Collaboration: Bridging the Cultural and Value Gaps.
Million, Steven K.; Vare, Jonatha W.
This paper describes the different workplace cultures and accompanying professional values and behavior of university and public school partnership colleagues. It discusses the problems and successes of public school/university collaboration as documented in the research literature and relates those problems and successes to differences in workplace cultures. It shows how workplace cultural differences manifested themselves in a conflict regarding a course taught at the Winthrop University School of Education in which the middle school partners who enrolled were disappointed at being cast in a traditional learner's role when they perceived themselves as uniquely qualified by middle school experience. University faculty then realized that offering a traditional university course to professional development school colleagues was antithetical to shared decision-making. The foundation for effective professional development schools is an establishment of common cultural understandings and a willingness to work together. The partnership must value inquiry as a priority and allocate time and resources for this activity to occur. The paper speculates about the implications of these cultural differences for school-university partnerships that seek to create the professional development school as a "school of tomorrow." (Contains 20 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Public Schools, Universities, Values, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A