The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education publication, Ideas that Work (1998), discusses a number of successful collaborative research projects in education. The success of collaborative research at sites throughout the country rests on many of the important assumptions and critical elements noted in the above sections.
- Teachers join the collaborative voluntarily and with a commitment to improve their teaching; collaborative research provides support for teachers' experimentation in their classrooms through collegial support and feedback;
- The collaborative creates a community of learners sharing a common vision of mathematics education reform; and
- The collaborative exists independently of the school district within which it functions, with the goals and agenda of the interactions determined by the teachers themselves.
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