ERIC Number: ED444218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
School-Based Collaborative Teams: Evaluating Process and Student Outcomes.
Rudo, Zena H.
This paper discusses the Collaborative Action Team (CAT) process, which was initiated by the U.S. Department of Education, and which encourages the development of partnerships among families, community members, school personnel, and students in communities with histories of ongoing and underserved needs. CAT is based on a set of core principles and includes four stages of team development: Team Identification, Team Mobilization, Project Development, and Project Implementation. The core principles are representative membership, shared leadership, consensus decision-making, and action focus. The article focuses on whether collaborative partnerships among the school, home, and community can be developed and sustained as a result of the CAT process. CAT participants from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas were included in the study. The findings show that over 90 percent of the sites under review had completed the majority of activities in the first stage of the CAT process. Teams were comprised of representatives from the home, school, and community, though family members other than a parent, teachers, higher education staff, and civic organizational personnel were less likely to be a member of the CAT. Overall, the results show that the development of school-based collaborative efforts is a time intensive, multifaceted endeavor. (Contains 16 references and a table that includes demographic information.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 24-28, 2000).