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ERIC Number: EJ899979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Offering Reflection to an Organization
Faulkner, Ann; Gooding, Guy
New Directions for Community Colleges, n151 p91-100 Fall 2010
From 1998 to 2008, the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) offered its employees a variety of options for formation, a type of reflective practice. The district encompasses 10 locations, seven of them independently accredited colleges. Formation is based primarily on Parker Palmer's model for Circles of Trust as described in "A Hidden Wholeness" (2004). Palmer is a writer on issues of education, community, and spirituality who was a consultant to the DCCCD, visiting twice during each academic year from 1998 to 2003. During that time, formation was introduced through short retreats called samplers and took root as longer retreats as a form of staff development offered to employees by the district's office of staff and organizational development and as a campus-based activity supported by local staff development funds. Palmer described formation as a type of inner work offered in retreats of various lengths led by specially prepared facilitators. This chapter describes those programs and shares suggestions for creating similar programs on other college campuses. It offers a faculty development model based on contemplative practice within a multiple-campus community college system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas