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ERIC Number: ED406378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Transformation through Interdependence: Learning To Collaborate.
Morgan, Tom; And Others
This document reports on a collaboration between Webster University (Missouri) and Pattonville School District (Missouri) to develop a Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership. The goals of the partnership centered around student learning and reflected five themes: cultural diversity, technology to support learning, constructivist learning, leadership and collaboration, and action research and reflective practice. Six specific goals are outlined, each with objectives, sample of current activities, and project status reports. Challenges encountered during the development phase included systemic, organizational, and personal issues. For example, asymmetrical power relationships among individuals and institutions led to intense discussions about "turf," hierarchy, status, and control. Learning to collaborate, moving from independence to interdependence, involved building trust, developing understanding of what it was like to be "on the other side," and learning to dialogue. Through the PDS Partnership, both organizations acknowledged the need for the collaboration to become embedded within the educational system, requiring organizational changes that allowed for continuous improvement through intense dialogue rather than "one-shot" workshops or a series of activities added to the educators' crowded schedule. The paper includes charts as visual aids for the project. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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