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ERIC Number: EJ915858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Is Authentic Cross-Cultural Collaboration Possible between Universities and Public Schools within a Professional Development School Model? Perceptions from the Field
Parkinson, Debra D.; Muir Welsh, Kate
School-University Partnerships, v3 n1 p14-27 Spr 2009
In 2003, a state in the Rocky Mountain region combined the concept of partner schools (Goodlad, 1993) and the model of a professional development school (Holmes Group, 1986, 1995) to develop four university public school partnerships. This study asked two guiding questions: Is authentic cross-cultural collaboration possible between a university and public school districts? What are the university faculty's and mentor teachers' perceptions of this work? Interviews were conducted regarding participants' perceptions of university faculty's roles in the partnerships, as well as the challenges in and results of working in a professional development school. An interorganizational relationship framework adapted from Rice (2002) was used in data analysis to frame the results. The findings have implications for teacher educators and for their public school counterparts. These findings illuminate how critical it is to spend time preparing for, and providing ongoing support of, this collaboration.
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A