ERIC Number: ED399679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Working Togther in Schools: A Guide for Educators.
Donaldson, Gordon A., Jr.; Sanderson, David R.
The long-term success of school improvement depends on the ability of participants to function productively together. This book explores a variety of forms for collaboration in schools and presents a framework for understanding how to build stronger working relationships among colleagues. Following the introduction, chapter 1 establishes the groundwork for the discussion of collaboration. It first presents a basic understanding of collaborative relationships and a straightforward model for understanding the process of collaboration. It next introduces the "bedrock skills" of listening and influencing. Chapters 2 through 8 address seven common opportunities for adults to work together in schools: two ways of pairing up with another educator, four types of small-group work, and one type of working with the faculty as a whole. The bulk of each chapter is devoted to ideas and strategies for forming and fostering effective work relationships. The ideas and strategies are organized according to the four phases of collaboration in the process model--convening, contracting, composing, and following through. Each of the chapters closes with a list of conditions essential for collaboration in schools and an annotated list of resources for further reading. Chapter 9 presents several overarching recommendations for nurturing collaboration in schools, based on the preceding chapters. It first examines some of the common obstacles that educators face: a school culture that does not value or understand collaborative work, conflict within and outside the group, and flagging energy and commitment. The chapter offers recommendations about four critical facilitating conditions for collaboration space, time, leadership, and a supportive culture. Each chapter contains references. An index is included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Cooperative Planning, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Organizational Development, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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