Developing collaborative practice
Date of Award
Master of Education (M. Ed.)
Institute for Educational Development, Karachi
This report contains pertinent information related to an educational development project conducted in one of the schools in Karachi. The project was designed and developed on the basis of need assessment. The need assessment was carried out in three phases (pre-assessment, assessment, and post-assessment). In the last phase of the need assessment, the identified need of the school was analyzed and prioritized in the light of the level of needs (system resource, service provider, and service receiver). The culture of isolation was understood as the root cause of various issues faced by the school. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to develop collaborative and professional practices among the school teachers. To achieve this purpose, six workshops and classroom practices were conducted. In the first workshop, the project focused on building participants' conceptual understanding of collaboration and collegiality. As a result, the participants broadened their perception about the concept. Also, their understanding regarding the topic was enhanced and developed. Furthermore, the project participants developed a couple of implementation strategies for conducting team-teaching and peer-coaching. Moreover, the school teachers conducted three team-teaching and peer-coaching sessions during the project implementation, as a practice of collaborative strategies. Most importantly, these strategies (team-teaching, peer-coaching, and participatory planning) were the main focus of the project for addressing the identified need of the school. To measure the achievement in all activities, a monitoring and evaluation framework was constantly used. This framework contained certain instruments like; interview, questionnaires, field notes, reflective journal, and observation.
Zirak, A. (2006). Developing collaborative practice (Unpublished master's dissertation). Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.