ERIC Number: ED378286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Building Collaborative Cultures: Seeking Ways To Reshape Urban Schools. Urban Monograph Series.
Peterson, Kent D.; Brietzke, Richard
This monograph concentrates on the components of collaborative cultures and how schools develop such collaborative cultures. Urban schools face unique challenges in the frequent lack of resources and the special needs of their often disadvantaged populations. The school culture is a unique quality of the school that is a complex web of norms, values, beliefs, assumptions, and traditions built up over time. In collaborative school cultures teachers regularly engage in professional dialogue with colleagues; they share knowledge and work together to solve problems. Collegiality and collaboration have been identified as elements of successful schools. While conflict will still occur in collaborative school cultures, situations can be worked out for the good of the students through collaboration. Collegial relationships are important in collaborative schools to enhance productivity and staff development. Activities that foster these relationships and shaping a collaborative culture are outlined. A 10-item annotated bibliography is included. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Cooperation, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making, Productivity, School Culture, Staff Development, Teacher Participation, Urban Schools, Values
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521 ($5.95, order no. UMS-BCC-94).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.