ERIC Number: ED397021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-12
Conflict and Collegiality: A Dialectic of Community-Building in an Interdisciplinary Teaching Team's First Year.
Dorsch, Nina G.
This paper is based on a reexamination of data from implementation in 1993-94 of the "Connections" program, a voluntary interdisciplinary program option for ninth-grade students in Cedar City (Ohio). Data gathered from the four teachers (representing English, Physical Science, World History, and Learning Disabilities) and 80 students (including 10 with learning disabilities) included observations of classes and meetings, teacher interviews, and implementation documents. Anecdotes of triumphs and crises the teachers experienced are shared, as are details of the evolving interpersonal and interprofessional dynamics between teachers attempting to transcend their traditional curricular isolation. The experiences of the Connections teachers are compared with existing literature on what can be done to facilitate such team bonding and cooperation, including how conflict can be used to highlight important issues that might otherwise go unaddressed. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: English, Grade 9, Group Dynamics, High Schools, Inclusive Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Disabilities, Physical Sciences, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching, Teamwork, Thematic Approach, World History
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).