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ERIC Number: EJ853926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Promoting Collaborative Research in a School of Education
Snyder, Vivian; Draheim, Marilyn E.
Issues in Teacher Education, v11 n2 p31-42 Fall 2002
The magic formula for creating and supporting a productive researcher in schools of education has not yet been discovered. But good scholarship can make dramatic differences in the quality of academic life. Joint publications and research activities among faculty members can provide opportunities for personal and professional support and satisfaction, but alliances are not easily formed in today's hectic academic life. Miller and Strayton (1999) offer several suggestions to faculty for promoting collaborative research: get out of the protective turf mode, revisit program philosophy, plan team retreats to deal with issues and get to know each other on a personal level. This paper describes the process one small, private, California school of education used to begin to promote faculty collaboration. The project helped define and focus research areas where faculty would be most effective in graduate education and yet enhance their own knowledge base. The primary goal of the project was to develop a comprehensive research agenda for current and prospective doctoral students. A second goal was to focus faculty on a unified approach toward current research interest priorities and reflective practice. The third goal was to increase collaborative research. Such collaboration would lead to presentations at professional conferences, which would then lead to publications. The process lasted two years, resulting in the development of a handbook that grouped faculty members according to their current research interests. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California