ERIC Number: ED429064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
School-University Partnerships: Collaboration among Autonomous Cultures.
This paper describes the culture of Merit College, a teacher education college involved in a school-university partnership (SUP), comparing that culture to the culture of two elementary schools (one engaged in partnership activities with Merit and one that chose not to participate). The paper compares Merit's culture to that of a state university and a community college, analyzing each culture regarding values and beliefs aligned with collaboration, affiliation, and team building. Researchers also conducted interviews with administrators at the elementary schools regarding their perception of the efficacy of the Merit SUP. The paper explains organizational culture and change, arguing that reculturing may be an important prerequisite to successful planning, implementation, and maintenance of SUPs. Study results indicated that the elementary schools had much higher scores than the institutions of higher education on how they valued elements of collaboration essential to successful partnerships. Both elementary schools had principals who were strong leaders and were respected by their faculties. The results suggest that imposing a collaborative structure is not enough, and participants need to acquire the important skills of collaboration and teamwork. In the case of SUPs, a successful agenda for change must come from an agreement that involves the teaching faculty as well as college deans, school superintendents, and principals. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (St. Louis, MO, October 30-November 1, 1998).