Teacher collaboration at Oltman Junior High: its use, value, and role in school culture





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The research questions addressed in this project were: How do teachers in a suburban junior high use collaboration? What value do they see in collaboration? How does collaboration fit into the school culture? It describes different factors that influence collaboration and how the staff and school are impacted. The motivations for this study are the author's personal experiences regarding the importance and value in collaboration. One key influence on the study was Laurie Lewis' Federal study on teacher quality (1999). The author surveyed or interviewed twenty five teachers about their experiences and opinions regarding collaboration. The results detail various characteristics of collaboration taking place at a junior high. They also identify certain roadblocks that hinder collaboration. The study suggests ways that collaboration practices could be improved at the school by focusing on time structures, teacher ownership, and improving staff relationships.

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