ERIC Number: ED433385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Teacher Collaboration in a Restructuring Urban High School. Report No. 37.
Legters, Nettie E.
This report examines the impact of three restructuring strategies--interdisciplinary teaming, school-within-a-school organization, and flexible scheduling---on professional interactions between teachers. The ways in which collegiality and collaboration have been addressed in the education literature are discussed, and how collaboration is conceptualized in this study is described. The balance of the report offers an empirical examination of the relationships between collaboration and the restructuring practices using evidence from a case study of an urban high school undergoing major restructuring. Case study data consist of three waves of a teacher survey (n=86, n=76, and n=94), 2 focused interviews with 24 faculty and staff members, and participant observation throughout the school year. In general, the school's reform effort was successful in increasing teachers' general sense of collegiality and their levels of collaboration. Some of the barriers and limitations identified do raise warning flags, but they did not negate the largely positive trends in the evidence presented. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures, and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.