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ERIC Number: EJ872643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Conversations about Collaboration in Response to "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World"
Sullivan, JoAnn Hammadou
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 suppl 1 p15-25 Jan 2010
One powerful entry into the new world that is available to language educators is the use of collaboration. Collaboration is defined as: "a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals--for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature--by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Collaboration does not require leadership and can sometimes bring better results through decentralization and egalitarianism." In this article, the author provides real-world examples from her own institution, a mid-size public institution facing the economic hardships that many schools face in these difficult times, in order to show that there are a wide range of steps that any faculty can implement to facilitate and benefit from collaborations, intellectual endeavors that are creative in nature. Faculty and students can collaborate in multiple ways. The author looks at broad-based curricular and governance collaborations that extend beyond joint peer assignments in an individual class. (Contains 5 notes.)
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island