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Collaboration in the corridor: Symbolic interaction and the emergence of community and culture

, University of Cincinnati, United States

University of Cincinnati . Awarded


Collaboration in the Corridor is a Symbolic Interactionist examination and discussion of the communication, collaboration, and culture that emerged from a project in which students collaborated with a local city planning organization and other community businesses and government agencies to propose solutions for a traffic congestion problem in the Northeast corridor of a large Midwestern city. The guiding research question was How is collaboration accomplished in an electronic mediated environment? The project involved nine high schools located along this corridor, each taking responsibility for one aspect of the study. Examples of these responsibilities included surveying of students and community members, designing transit stations and public art displays along the corridor, studying the environmental impact of alternative transportation solutions, and publishing a monthly newsletter to share status of the project.

Using interviews of project coordinators, teachers, and students involved in the project, and observations of videoconferences between collaborating schools, a rich description could be developed of how the actors presented selves, interacted, and collaborated, and how community and culture may have formed out of these collaborations. The level of interaction between students, and the extent to which they collaborated was determined in large part by their classroom teacher. The more the teacher shared in the vision of the project, the more his or her students shared in that vision. The quality of their subsequent interactions led to collaboration and a sense of belonging to a project culture and the community from which it emerged.


Sanders, R.L. Collaboration in the corridor: Symbolic interaction and the emergence of community and culture. Ph.D. thesis, University of Cincinnati. Retrieved September 23, 2020 from .

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