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ERIC Number: EJ816420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
"Doing Collaboration": The Process of Constructing an Educational Community in an Urban Elementary School
Grove, Kathleen; Fisher, Douglas
Ethnography and Education, v1 n1 p53-66 Mar 2006
Collaboration has been considered one of the key features of a successful school. However, the literature does not provide many examples of schools becoming more collaborative. This study focuses on the construction of a collaborative community among elementary school teachers in a large, public, urban school over several years. The researchers followed a group of students and teachers as they learned together through looping in kindergarten and first grade. The data suggest that collaboration requires time and conversations and that there are a number of challenges that must be overcome. The data also suggest that specific school structures result in opportunities for collaboration and that uncertainty plays a role in creating a collaborative learning community. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A