ERIC Number: ED439509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-15
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Partnering with Districts: Problems Encountered, Lessons Learned.
Goodwin, Bryan R.; Gaddy, Barbara B.; Cicchinelli, Louis F.
This paper examines the accomplishments of the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) district research partners. Informed by 2 years of collaborative experience, the report documents the process McREL used in selecting partner sites and guides future field-based research partnerships by discussing problems encountered and lessons learned regarding the establishment and maintenance of research partnerships. The ultimate goal of establishing the McREL district research partnerships was to explore collaborative-action research as a viable strategy for promoting systemic reform that leads to sustainable, improved achievement for all learners. The report outlines the selection of sites, the establishment of design teams, the design and process of research, and the evaluation of partnerships. The document concludes that collaborative partnerships can be used to move research findings into the field more quickly under the right conditions. Partnering, however, is a complex process and requires both partners to redefine their roles and usual work methods to accommodate a collaborative approach that involves individuals from different professional cultures. More sensitive methods, both for assessing a district's capacity for partnering and for creating a model that depicts the evolving nature of district-McREL partnerships, need to be developed. An annotated interview guide and interview summary assessment compose the bulk of the document. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.