ERIC Number: ED420630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Case Study of the Development of a Collaborative Teaching Culture in an Inner City Elementary School.
da Costa, Jose L.; Marshall, Jody L.; Riordan, Geoffrey
This study focused on innercity elementary school staff perceptions of the process they engaged in, which emerged from the principal's initiative to move the school culture in a more collaborative direction and thus further develop pedagogical practice and student social and academic growth. Research in this case study involved observations and semi-structured interviews with all staff members at one school. Researchers completed interviews twice during the 1997-1998 school year. The interviews emphasized perceived changes that were being implemented at the school as a result of government, district, and school initiatives, particularly those initiatives initiated by the teachers and principal themselves. Six findings have emerged from this ongoing study to date: (1) devolution of decision making power to the school site, (2) leadership style of the principal, (3) role of personal friendships in work-focused groups, (4) administrative support for teacher professional development, (5) need for the staff to develop a shared vision statement, and (6) variety of social and academic learning opportunities being provided to students. Contains 19 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Collegiality, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Inner City, Leadership Styles, Participative Decision Making, Principals, School Based Management, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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).