Anticipating the problems and uncertainties of research and development partnerships

Year: 2002

Author: Peters, Judy

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper reports on the findings of PhD research into the conditions that supported and hindered the achievement of expectations in a school/university research and development partnership. It presents a framework for thinking about the personal, structural and cultural conditions that are influential in three phases of partnership projects: 1) the initiation phase; 2) the implementation phase; and 3) the reviewing outcomes phase. It explores a number of themes that are interwoven with these conditions: ownership; the affective dimension; time and workload; views of teaching, learning and research; and professional development and educational change through partnerships. A series of recommendations is made for improving future school/university research and development partnerships.