ERIC Number: ED449773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-18
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Academic Work.
Amey, Marilyn J.; Brown, Dennis F.
The data and analyses presented in this paper were the result of an 18-month study of a university-community-agency partnership. The purpose of the project was to develop the community's capacity to own and operate a community center that would provide a wide range of services and respond to the future needs of the community. The university team provided technical assistance to an inner city community council. The focus of this research was on the interaction among the university team members, faculty, staff, and graduate students who represented multiple disciplines. Several themes emerged from the study and an interdisciplinary collaboration model was developed to capture the complexity of the activity. The group activity moved through stages classified as: (1) dominant/expert/individual; (2) parallel/coordinated/group; and (3) integrative/collaborative/team. The discussion focuses on the intellectual challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration and the institutional challenges of and strategies for supporting such collaborative engagement. Observations and data analysis resulted in the development of a model of three dimensions of team development and growth: disciplinary orientation, knowledge engagement, and work orientation. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (25th, Sacramento, CA November 16-19, 2000). Contains occasional areas of light print.