The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition
Edited By Eleanor Blair
19. Why Don’t Teachers Collaborate? A Leadership Conundrum
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Why Don’t Teachers Collaborate?
A Leadership Conundrum
Only an accumulation of individunl changes will produce a collective solution.—Carl Jung
Teacher collaboration is a prime determinant of school improvement. Unfortunately, though we talk about it a lot, we don’t do it as much as we might hope for. We take pride and feel confident when we see a few random acts of collaboration in our schools. But the modal behavior in schools has changed little over the years.
This is surprising because the professional literature, for many years, has provided strong evidence that collaboration works. Still, collaboration is more the exception than the rule.
Why should this be so? Why should something that’s considered a best practice not be practiced as consistently as pedagogy demands? Why should we say we’re doing something when, in fact, we may be resisting it? Why should our public pronouncements profess our support for these practices when our public behaviors sometimes seem to demonstrate the opposite?
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