ERIC Number: ED412660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources.
Sarason, Seymour B.; Lorentz, Elizabeth M.
Educational improvement efforts are doomed as long as schools are viewed as unique organizations. The concepts of coordination and collegiality are key to all organizations, especially schools. The introduction to this book discusses the charter-school movement, which judges existing school systems as inimical and intractable to achieving improved educational outcomes. Chapter 1 discusses emerging paradigm shifts as applied to organizational life, using Albert Gore's coordination-oriented Reinventing Government program and the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as examples. Chapters 2 through 6 explore the general significance of five key themes essential to applying the new paradigm shift: the way we ordinarily define people as resources; the obstacles to redefining resources; the role of networks in maximizing application of resources; the special role and characteristics of the network coordinator; and the way resource exchange energizes and reinforces collegiality and a sense of community. The epilogue refocuses on public schools, descendants of a highly regimented, factory-model, organizational structure that tamed and socialized immigrant children to their future role as laborers. A new organizational paradigm of coordination and collegiality should help schools and their students realize their full potential. Contains 44 references. (MLH)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Collegiality, Cooperation, Coordination, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Organizational Change, Theory Practice Relationship
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-1310.
Publication Type: Books
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