ERIC Number: ED389250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-9
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School-University Collaborations: An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Attitudes.
This study investigated faculty perceptions and attitudes toward organizational change in colleges and schools of education with regard to building collaborative partnerships with public school professionals. The purpose of the study was to confirm the existence of and describe the collaboration formation process within the conceptual framework of Professional Development Schools (PDSs). An inquiry-based, qualitative research design was employed. The basic unit of analysis was the College of Education. Seven research institutions were chosen using purposeful sampling. Sixty-two individual interviews were conducted with selected deans, faculty members, teachers, and relevant stakeholders. A prescribed set of open-ended questions was used to conduct the interviews. Specifically, questions focused on the structural, process, and political dimensions of creating collaborative relationships. The results of the study revealed that there is a clearly defined process that is virtually identical across all seven institutions of higher education involved in establishing PDSs. Collaboration as a process appeared to involve several distinguishable phases of development namely: formalization and conceptualization, centralization in terms of who governs what, when, and how; and implementation of a mutually agreed upon event to initiate the collaboration process. Equally important were the issues of administrative support and politics, which were perceived to be influential in the collaboration formation process. (Contains 48 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Development, Program Implementation, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, Schools of Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9, 1994).