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The Components of Effective Teacher Collaboration

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Elizabeth Ige

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Amanda Datnow
Social networks can either support or hinder school improvement.

Literature Review
The Components of Effective Teacher Collaboration
Elizabeth Ige, M.Ed. in Instructional Practice Dr. Jeanne Fain
Theoretical Framework
John Dewey
Mixed - Method
Year-Long Case Study
Public Elementary School
Both Experienced and Inexperienced Teachers
To improve teaching and learning
Addresses the concerns of many teachers regarding gaps in student achievement.
Research Question
What are the components of effective teacher collaboration and how do these components contribute to student achievement?
The results of the study will lead to improvements in teaching practices and an increase in student achievement.
Jerome Bruner
“No person is master of the whole culture” (Bruner, 1962/1979, p.116).
“...lack of mutual adaptation [makes] the process of teaching and learning accidental” (Dewey, 1938,p. 45).
Increased levels of teacher collaboration = increased student achievement on high-stakes assessments.
Leigh Mesler Parise and James P. Spillane
Nienke M. Moolenaar
Constant exchange of knowledge promotes the implementation of reform.
Data Collection and Analysis (Proposed)
Research Design (Proposed)
Findings from the Literature
Teachers sharing their knowledge and resources.
Benefits include professional development and achievement.
Teacher work groups and or specific times for collaboration.
1. Set aside time to collaborate and discuss student data.

2. Hold each other accountable.

3. Share your expertise!
Bruner, J. (1979).
On knowing: Essays for the left hand.
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. (Original work published in 1962)

Datnow, A. (2012). Teacher Agency in Educational Reform: Lessons from Social Networks Research.
American Journal of Education, 119
(1), 193-201.

Dewey, J. (1938).
Experience and education.
New York: Macmillan.

Moolenaar, N. M. (2012). A Social Network Perspective on Teacher Collaboration in Schools: Theory, Methodology, and Applications.
American Journal of Education, 119
(1), 7-39.

Parise, L., & Spillane, J. (2010). Teacher Learning and Instructional Change: How Formal and On-the-Job Learning Opportunities Predict Change in Elementary School Teachers' Practice.
The Elementary School Journal, 110
(3), 323-346.

What drove me to choose my research topic?
To create professional relationships
School district involvement?
Stricter guidelines?
Note Key Themes and Trends
Compare/Contrast Participant Responses
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