Title: Shared decision-making: case study analysis to promote cross-programme dialogue between administrators and media coordinators

Authors: Robert L. Sanders, Roma B. Angel

Addresses: Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, Appalachian State University, Edwin Duncan Hall, ASU Box 32086, Boone, NC 28608–2086, USA. ' Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University, Edwin Duncan Hall, ASU Box 32086, Boone, NC 28608–2086, USA

Abstract: There is a general lack of cross-course and cross-programme dialogue in US colleges of education. Few, if any, opportunities are provided to engage graduate students in authentic dialogue about real school problems and issues. A grant-funded initiative has been launched at Appalachian State University to utilise case studies and web based communication tools to create authentic learning environments that support interaction between school administration and library science students to discuss real school problems and develop lasting solutions. This paper discusses a research study in which case study analysis was used to promote online cross-programme dialogue and assist students in developing their professional voice.

Keywords: learning communities; graduate education; library science; school administration; case study analysis; distance education; problem-based learning; PBL; shared decision making; collaboration; media coordinators; web based communities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.014081

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2007 Vol.3 No.2, pp.206 - 218

Published online: 18 Jun 2007 *

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