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ERIC Number: ED470755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-10
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Collaborative Culture.
Edmonson, Stacey; Fisher, Alice; Brown, Genevieve; Irby, Beverly; Lunenburg, Fred; Creighton, Ted; Czaja, Marion; Merchant, Jimmy; Christianson, Judy
More and more research is focusing on the importance of a healthy work environment and its impact on workers' well-being and productivity. A culture of collaboration has been shown to have an important impact on school-reform efforts and is recognized by several authors as an effective platform for progress within an organization. A collaborative culture provides a medium to fulfill three basic human needs in an organization: an element of control, meaning in a situation, and positive support. Although a top-down authoritative culture is obsolete nowadays, it remains the pervasive practice in today's schools. The Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University, Texas, is presented as an example of a successfully implemented collaborative culture. Key components include physical proximity of offices, deliberate communication, a shared team vision, selective hiring, and effective leadership and empowerment. By understanding and practicing how to be a leader who cares about staff members and can work well with others, a truly collaborative culture can be created successfully in which all participants can thrive. Outcomes of a collaborative school culture include higher morale, enhanced commitment to teaching, and continuance in the profession. (Contains 14 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas