"Survivors" or "Friends"? A Framework for Assessing Effective Collaboration

Wiggins, Kathryn C.; Damore, Sharon J.
May 2006
Teaching Exceptional Children;May/Jun2006, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p49
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the significance of collaboration of general and special educators for proper education and effective learning of the diverse student population across the United States. Communication, collaboration and cooperation are factors that contribute to effective performance in the education of children. These educators define collaboration as a system of planned cooperative activities of shared roles and responsibilities for student learning. The growing demands on classroom teachers and meeting the needs of a diverse student population have made it a compulsory technique among professional educators. There are certain elements such as positive attitude, team process, professional development, leadership, resources and benefits that make collaboration productive and effective. Educators prepared an assessment framework that characterizes levels of development based on these elements of collaboration.


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