ERIC Number: ED381489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-14
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Impact and Challenges of Multi-Site Collaborative Inquiry Initiatives. Professional Development Schools: Changing the Work of the School of Education.
Rafferty, Cathleen D.
This paper describes the process of initiating collaborative inquiry projects at Indiana State University's (ISU) 10 professional development school (PDSs). It discusses what was learned and charts future directions and projected activities. ISU's Collaborative Inquiry Committee/Team (CIC) established a three-phase collaborative inquiry action plan. During the preparation phase, CIC members were immersed in the inquiry process through mini-projects, and the results were analyzed. During the pilot projects phase, workshops for teachers, pilot inquiry projects, and planning for a teacher researcher conference took place. The final phase, establishing the infrastructure, focused on developing an institutional program for teaching and supporting collaborative inquiry projects at ISU and for expanded and more sophisticated collaborative inquiry projects at the PDS sites. The paper includes summaries, in table format, of the projects undertaken from spring 1994 through spring 1995. Analysis of the program's progress suggests that: (1) collaborative inquiry appears to flourish more readily in elementary and middle schools than in high schools; (2) more support has been provided for PDS faculty than for ISU faculty; and (3) in general, collaborative inquiry projects became more sophisticated over time. Up to $400 was available to support each collaborative inquiry project. The paper concludes with the call for proposals and the proposal screening criteria. (Contains 12 references. (IAH)
Descriptors: Action Research, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Research Projects, Research Proposals, Schools of Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Educators, Teacher Researchers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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