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ERIC Number: ED408540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
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Learning To Listen, Talk and Trust: Constructing Collaborations.
Krasnow, Maris H.
Forming friendships is an ongoing, ever-growing, complex experience. Strategies for building relationships with others are the focus of this paper. The experience of three diverse groups of professionals are followed as they work to develop positive and respectful relationships in the name of collaboration and as they try to understand each other's points of view. Although not directly about friendship, this professional collaboration represents a major commitment in time and energy. The project partners-teachers and administrators from a Head Start center and public school, and a research team from a private university-came together to develop and initiate a transition program from Head Start to kindergarten. A case study approach is used to describe the developing collaboration. The study identifies working strategies that supported progress, as well as the barriers and obstacles that impeded progress. It also analyzes the evolution of the group's fragile cohesiveness and illustrates how the juxtaposition of clashing paradigms and the discovery of individuals' personal and professional needs, goals, and struggles contributed to the uneven and unsteady development of cooperation among the organizations. The findings are then related to the research literature and the lessons learned concerning the building and maintaining of successful educational collaborations. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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