ERIC Number: EJ1005466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Reference Count: 10
The Collaborative Compact: Operating Principles Lay the Groundwork for Successful Group Work
Garmston, Robert J.; Zimmerman, Diane P.
Journal of Staff Development, v34 n2 p10-14, 16 Apr 2013
Leaders often have common complaints about managing meetings and feel thwarted by attempts to collaborate. Teachers feel that time spent on collaboration is often wasted because of poor meeting management. Leaders can accelerate collaboration by creating collaborative compacts. A collaborative compact is a set of accords about how a group will function. Collaborative compacts ought to focus on four areas of agreement: How we work together, how we think together, how we work with conflicts, and how we manage our own behavior. What follows here is a description of a collaborative compact that suggests examples of what might be included. Leaders are encouraged to use this as a starting place and, over time, customize the compact based on issues that are pertinent to each group. This example includes a rationale and suggested interventions, but these would not be part of a final compact. A collaborative compact must be developed through collaboration, and the authors offer this extra information to start the dialogue.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Group Dynamics, Leaders, Intervention, Educational Improvement, Group Membership
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