ERIC Number: EJ815897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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University-School Collaboration Based on Complementary Needs
Nilsson, Monica E.
Journal of Educational Change, v9 n4 p349-356 Dec 2008
This paper discusses school development as collaboration between local schools and universities based on complementary needs. I examine a 10 year case study of a long-term relationship between an elementary school and a university in a town in Sweden. The relationship is jointly constructed and mediated by local, national, and international projects. Such jointly constructed and shared projects represent innovations of both the school's and the university's pedagogical practices. The significant actors in the collaborative relationship have been teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, school pupils, and researchers. The collaboration, which still exists, started in 1996 and has experienced stages of varying intensity and scope conceived metaphorically as a thin string. Analysis of the case and collaborative process suggests an answer to the question: Why does this collaboration exist and what makes it sustainable? This case suggests that the collaborative projects provide solutions to problems intrinsic to the respective educational institutions.
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary Schools, Universities, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation, Educational Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden