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ERIC Number: ED444229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 19
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Collaboration: A Tale of Two Sites.
Hasslen, Robin; Bacharach, Nancy; Bechtold, Kirsten; Truex, Sharon
This paper offers reflections on the collaborative development of a school/university partnership so as to provide insights into the inherent challenges and successes of such work. It focuses on The Learning Connections Lab (LCL), which began in 1997. The LCL was a partnership between St. Cloud State University and two elementary school sites. To measure the effects of the collaboration, a qualitative case-study methodology was used. Data were collected from semistructured interviews, teacher journals, and surveys. Results show that, overall, the elementary school teachers and university faculty were positive about the collaborative nature of the LCL. They appreciated the opportunity to get to know colleagues and felt that collaboration aided their thinking. Teachers also felt more empowered throughout the collaboration process. However, the collaboration continued at just one of the sites. Whereas the successful site saw a strengthening of prior relationships with the university, the failed site featured strong personalities, inadequate personal boundaries, inflexible attitudes, unclear roles, a lack of trust, and a lack of respect. Findings underscore the importance of basing collaborations on honest, trusting relationships, and it is recommended that future collaborations begin with partners taking time to build relationships, establish a shared vision, and define their goals. (Contains 13 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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