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ERIC Number: ED447074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 31
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Processes and Perceptions of Collaboration: Two Teams at the International High School.
Dillon, Peter W.
This study documented small groups of teachers who collaborated formally and informally while working on various collaborative teams. The study involved New York City's International High School, which serves recent immigrants from about 60 countries. The school helps students develop linguistic, cognitive, and cultural skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond. Teachers work across departments in interdisciplinary teams. Each team works with limited numbers of students. Teams of teachers collaborate in and across those groups. Students also work in a variety of groups. The school has an ideological and structural commitment to collaboration, and schedules and curricula foster collaboration. Teachers collaborate by meeting formally and informally. Whole school planning time is scheduled monthly. Using observations and individual and group interviews with teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators, this study documented the process of informal and formal collaboration and respondents' opinions about their collaboration. Overall, teachers were extremely busy, working hard to achieve positive results. Their feverish pace appeared to be fueled by a tremendous commitment to doing right by their students. Many felt the pace was almost too difficult. There was a sense that teachers at different career stages contributed to and gained from collaboration differently. (Contains 73 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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