Opportunities for collaborative investigations of curriculum, the pursuit of joint research interests and stronger links between the program at the university and professional practice have been facilitated through a collaborative, innovative partnership (established in 2002) between the Joondalup district, schools and Edith Cowan University (the Joondalup/ECU Compact). The Compact provides the opportunity for staff to work differently. Within the partnership, the roles of the university staff, school staff and assistant teacher are changed from those of previous teacher education programs. The changing role of the university colleague enables a mutually beneficial partnership with schools, principals, teachers and assistant teachers to develop. In this paper, an example of collaborative research, made possible by the new relationships and roles within the Compact, is articulated. Four school principals within the Joondalup district recognised the opportunity to work with university staff and assistant teachers in different ways an
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