This chapter focuses on the importance of collaboration between university laboratory schools and community partners. The why, what, and how of collaboration within higher education contexts are reviewed, with a focus on the steps required for successful collaboration. The University of Rhode Island Child Development Centers’ collaborative efforts are used to illustrate potential ways collaboration can occur through statewide professional development activities, relationships with state and local public school systems, and relationships with various community groups and agencies. The conclusion is that through collaboration, lab schools can enhance their potential to fulfill their three-part mission of teaching, research, and service, and can strengthen the interconnections among the missions, bridging the gap between theory, research, and practice.
Horm, D. and Warford, S. (2003), "BRIDGING THE GAP THROUGH COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: AN EVOLVING ROLE FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY PROGRAMS", Mcbride, B. (Ed.) Bridging the Gap Between Theory, Research and Practice: The Role of... (Advances in Early Education and Day Care, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 141-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0270-4021(03)12006-XDownload as .RIS
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