ERIC Number: EJ987316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Teacher Unions, School Districts, Universities, Governments: Time to Tango and Promote Convergence?
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, v11 Article 20 2007
This paper considers "convergence" as deliberate acts of will to achieve common goals within the context of the education service in general and school sector industrial relations in particular. Such language is unusual in the field of industrial relations, where assumptions are often based on notions of conflictual relationships. However, this paper argues that educational organizations, including ones where relationships might be considered adversarial, can move beyond occasional partnerships and collaboration towards a more systematic approach to joint working-convergence. This paper draws on the author's experience as a teacher union researcher in British Columbia involved in a number of innovative projects involving the teachers' union, school districts, and universities, to consider where common interests might occur and how such forms of working can be developed. A number of challenges to convergent working are identified, including notions of vested interests, issues of power and control, and system fragmentation resulting from site-based management. However, convergence is suggested as one way to reduce fragmentation in educational systems and as a way to build trust between governments, school districts, and teacher unions; providing essential building blocks to sustainable system improvement.
Descriptors: Interests, Unions, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, School Districts, Teacher Associations, College Administration, College Faculty, Convergent Thinking, Collegiality, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Partnerships in Education, Cooperative Planning, Concept Formation, Political Power, Competition, Governance, Government Role, Change Strategies, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada