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Abstract Title: Engaging in Self-Study to Support Collaboration between Two-Year Colleges and Universities
Abstract: Physics faculty at three two-year colleges (TYCs) and a public, comprehensive four-year university (FYU) have been collaborating for over five years on projects focused on improving physics instruction and promoting science teaching careers.  The collaboration began with the implementation and refinement of novel instructional tools for use with diverse student populations and now includes a Learning Assistant program.  To improve the collaboration and illuminate successful elements of TYC/FYU partnerships, a qualitative case self-study was conducted using a lens of structure and agency.  Data analysis revealed tensions, which could serve as affordances or constraints, including whether the partners are individuals or institutions, if the partners are consumers or producers within the partnership, balancing flexibility and formality in instituting programs, and whether the focus of the partnership is specific products or the process of collaboration.  The study has implications for methods of initiation and continued development of TYC/FYU partnerships.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geraldine L. Cochran
Rochester Institute of Technology
138 Lomb Memorial Drive, SAU 2312
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: 919-802-0884
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrea G. Van Duzor, Chicago State University
Mel S. Sabella, Chicago State University