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ERIC Number: EJ959226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Laboratory Schools as Places of Inquiry: A Collaborative Journey for Two Laboratory Schools
Cutler, Kay; Bersani, Carol; Hutchins, Pamela; Bowne, Mary; Lash, Martha; Kroeger, Janice; Brokmeier, Sue; Venhuizen, Lynda; Black, Felicia
Early Education and Development, v23 n2 p242-258 2012
Research Findings: Although there have been organizations that have supported cross-university collaboration (e.g., the National Organization of Child Development Laboratory Schools and the National Coalition of Campus Child Care), most laboratory schools have not engaged in sustained cross-program collaboration in order to advance their missions. This narrative describes an innovative and sustained collaborative journey of 2 university laboratory schools that share similar program philosophies and a common value for teacher research with children and preservice teachers. These 2 groups of faculty have developed a unique cross-university collaborative inquiry. Practice or Policy: The authors share highlights of their journey and their insights regarding the positive outcomes of their collaboration, including building a community of practice, articulating their practices, becoming a collective catalyst for change, and providing opportunities for professional development to occur on a daily basis within the context of their work with children. Challenges such as distance, time, cost, and the difficulty of sustaining ideas and relationships are also shared. These minor challenges were outweighed by the participants' sense of joy in sharing perspectives and engaging in continuing dialogue that created lasting, genuine relationships and reenergized their view of the mission of laboratory schools as catalysts for change both for the laboratory faculty as well as for professionals in their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio; South Dakota