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ERIC Number: ED425132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Consorting with the Consortium: What the Researcher Saw!
Arthur, Julie; Darby, Sue; Campbell, Paul
Australia's Cairns Consortium of Schools includes four state primary schools in Cairns, North Queensland. It supports provision of quality education characterized by improved student outcomes enhanced by improved teacher competencies. It is based on espoused values of mutual trust and respect. Principals use collaborative decision making processes to enact the Consortium vision of school-based reforms in teaching and learning. A key aim has been the development of teacher professionalism in the context of school-based reform. Through an action research evaluation, key factors in the Consortium school reform measures were identified. This paper outlines the research methodology, which involved action research, surveys, and case studies. The findings are discussed against a backdrop of school reform measures, focusing on decision making, the principals group, and dilemmas in actualizing change. The Consortium has successfully implemented change and enacted a vision of schools as places that can act cooperatively, share resources, and network to decrease teacher isolation. Analysis of the data revealed that there is explicit emphasis on the operationalizing of projects that address what the Consortium is about. While there are tensions in how projects can be implemented and managed, there has been no attempt to build a super school or to make the Consortium more than a collective vision. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia