This exploratory case study examined the interorganizational characteristics of a professional development school (PDS) which has been in operation for more than a decade. It examined participants' perceptions of the structures and processes which sustained this university-school partnership.
The conceptual framework for this study was Intriligator's Interorganizational Arrangements Model (IAM, 2004). The IAM organized the study's area of inquiry into the PDS around its Collective Objective, the Collaborative Infrastructure in place, its Collaborative Procedures, and the Collaborative Leadership patterns of the PDS.
A series of conclusions resulted from this analysis. The overall architecture, an intentional design which stressed teacher voice and a reliance on collaboration, was seen as fundamental to the success of the PDS.
The participants perceived the PDS as two groups of educators, one from the school district and one from the university, who formed the PDS as a better way to prepare teacher candidates and help K-12 students in the process. This finding suggests "top down" approaches to creating a PDS may face resistance and may be more difficult to grow and sustain than a PDS which formed more organically.
Evidence which confirmed the importance of trust in sustaining a relationship was found, but it also suggested trust needed to be present before the partnership could begin. In this case, without work done by the founders of the PDS to repair the trust base between the university and the schools, the PDS would not have had the opportunity to form.
This research addressed the need expressed by Breault (2010) for PDS research which offers insights into the acts of partnering. It detailed how this collaboration formed and worked, relying on the experiences of the people who comprised this PDS.
Recommendations for practice and future research were offered.
|Commitee:||Ashton-Pritting, Randi, Intriligator, Barbara A., LaRocco, Diana J., Wheeler, Deborah S.|
|School:||University of Hartford|
|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Education, Interorganizational, Partnerships, Professional development schools, University-school partnership|
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