ERIC Number: ED425160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-17
Professional Partnerships in Polyphonic Voice.
Christensen, Lois M.; McNair, Layla; Patterson, Janice; Wade, Sheila
This paper describes the experiences of several individuals involved in the initial stages of orchestrating a school-university partnership. A group of elementary teachers, a student teacher, a cooperating teacher, a university faculty member, and a coordinator of school-university partnerships participated in the experience and shared their views on the partnership. The participants reported that the partnership was an opportunity for personal growth within the context of improving their classroom instruction. Open, honest communication among participants was a recurring theme, and participants noted that the process of developing mutual goals and shared decision making was crucial. School teachers confirmed that having access to university personnel was an advantage of the collaborative effort. Time and attitude (having an unteachable spirit) were seen as potential barriers to collaboration. An appendix presents a preliminary planning document from the partnership. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College School Cooperation, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Professional Development School Conference (Baltimore, MD, October 15-17, 1998).