ERIC Number: ED421476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
High School Culture and (Mis)Perceptions of Support: A Case Study of Success and Failure for Interdisciplinary Team Teaching.
Frana, Bruce S.
This study examined three teams of teachers at three high schools (in a relatively large midwestern school district) as they designed and implemented a teaming project for interdisciplinary teaching entitled the Partners Program. The study focused on two findings related to the demise of this innovation: misconceptions by participating teachers regarding the support they believed existed for their pilot project and the strong influence school and department cultures had on change within the high school setting. The study collected data during 1991-1992 and 1992-1993 and follow-up data during 1997-1998. Interviews involved nine participating team teachers, three high school principals, and three district central administrators. There were also informal interviews with department chairs, other building teachers, counselors, assistant principals, and district curriculum facilitators. The researcher observed individual team planning meetings and combined team meetings. Results indicated that lack of support for the innovation by the culture and sub-cultures of the department/subject areas had a strong influence on the demise of the program. Despite loss of funding, the Partners Program has continued to exist at one of the high schools. (Contains 121 references.) (SM)
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).