Case study of the development of a collaborative teaching culture in an inner city elementary school

Jose L Da Costa, Jody L. Marshall, Geoffrey Paul Riordan

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Abstract

This study focused on innercity elementary school staff perceptions of the process they engaged in, which emerged from the principal's initiative to move the school culture in a more collaborative direction and thus further develop pedagogical practice and student social and academic growth. Research in this case study involved observations and semi-structured interviews with all staff members at one school. Researchers completed interviews twice during the 1997-1998 school year. The interviews emphasized perceived changes that were being implemented at the school as a result of government, district, and school initiatives, particularly those initiatives initiated by the teachers and principal themselves. Six findings have emerged from this ongoing study to date: (1) devolution of decision making power to the school site, (2) leadership style of the principal, (3) role of personal friendships in work-focused groups, (4) administrative support for teacher professional development, (5) need for the staff to develop a shared vision statement, and (6) variety of social and academic learning opportunities being provided to students. Contains 19 references. (SM)
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association - San Diego, United States
Duration: 1 Apr 19981 Apr 1998

Other

OtherAnnual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period1/04/981/04/98

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