ERIC Number: ED420622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Before and After Pictures: The Makeover of Professional Relationships through PDS Collaboration.
Gulledge, Suzanne A.
This paper follows the development of and changes in relationships between university faculty and middle school staff involved in a Professional Development School (PDS) group. Discussion is based on two imaginary "snapshots" contrived from descriptions of the group at their first meeting and again at the year-end meeting. The snapshots reveal a visual image from one university faculty member's field notes that describe a group of middle school teachers and university faculty and interns who joined them to become a collaborative inquiry group. Reflecting on what happened between the "before" and "after" pictures provides insight into the nature of work and research in two cultures and informs the faculty member's planning for involvement in future PDS initiatives. The PDS collaboration focused on differentiated instruction and also worked on changing the standard social studies curriculum for middle grades. The university faculty member emerged from the PDS experience with new expectations, a closer working relationship with teachers, and a better idea about what her student teachers would be observing during student teaching. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, College Faculty, College School Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Professional Development Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Social Studies, Teacher Collaboration
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 (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).