ERIC Number: ED438249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Dewitt-Wallace--Reader's Digest Fund for Development of Renewal Partnerships: Department of Teacher Education. Final Report.
Ryan, Charles W.; Graham, Glenn; Rafferty, Timothy J.
This paper documents renewal efforts between one university's College of Education and Human Services and K-12 partner schools, noting effective collaboration practices. This initiative was evaluated to determine major outcomes. Evaluation procedures were formatted to secure information from archival materials, focus group sessions, and a questionnaire administered to renewal participants. Significant conclusions included: there were consistent conversations regarding the project's 19 postulates; discussions of policy and/or procedural matters occurred; and there was consistent support from school administrators, clinical faculty, university faculty, and interns in the areas of inquiry-based knowledge, commitment to moral, ethical, and enculturating responsibilities of teaching, excellence in teaching, collegial relationships, and scholarly inquiry for better understanding of the aims of education. Several areas of concern focused on evaluating the partnership, the impact of renewal on the professional practice of school administrators, and sharing the change agenda with interns. The paper recommends that project investigators continue developing and identifying common concerns of participants, look for samples of best practice as related to simultaneous renewal, establish plans for short- and long-range renewal efforts, reduce "firefighting" agenda/discussions, and articulate a vision of the "new simultaneous renewal" for all partners. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Principals, Professional Development Schools, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH. Coll. of Education.