ERIC Number: ED390137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Establishing a Collaborative Climate: Perceptions of a First Year Principal and Faculty.
Hill, Flo H.; And Others
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the perceptions of a first-year principal and faculty as they responded to implementation efforts to develop a collaborative climate in their rural Louisiana elementary school. Data were obtained from interviews with the principal and 31 teachers, a principal survey and a teacher survey, and analysis of school action plans and teacher journals. The data show that perceptions of the faculty and principal varied, although both parties agreed that establishing a collaborative climate was necessary and entailed more than a cooperative enterprise. Obstacles to altering role perceptions included entrenched perceptions of traditional roles, the isolated structure of teacher work that traded rewards for compliance, and a bureaucratic district-school relationship. Strategies to encourage collaboration and collegiality include common preparation time and release time for peer observation, group decision making, staff development, and action research. Collegiality is not a result of an organizational arrangement; it comes from true commitment to duties, to the school, and to each other. Appendices contain sample interview questions, leadership-development activities and worksheets, and a copy of the principal questionnaire. (Contains 11 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).