ERIC Number: EJ766859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Reference Count: 4
Collaborative Cultures and Communities of Practice
Sergiovanni, Thomas J.
Principal Leadership, v5 n1 p48-52 Sep 2004
In an organizationally competent school, everyone has a role that defines his or her obligations and everyone is part of a reciprocal relationship that spells out mutual obligations. Reciprocal role relationships enable informal communities of practice to bubble up and institutionalized collaborative cultures to trickle down. When such informal communities of practice and institutionalized collaborative cultures are joined, schools achieve the desired balance between individual autonomy and collaborative work. When a school achieves a balance between individual autonomy and collaborative work, it can harness all of its intelligence, creativity, and leadership to solve problems and be successful. This article describes how Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, strikes the right balance between individual autonomy and collaborative work to improve teacher effectiveness and be an effective place for students to learn.
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Cooperative Planning, Organizational Development, Case Studies, Program Descriptions, High Schools, Transformational Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Educational Practices, Collegiality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois