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Within the past 10 years there have been an increasing number of calls for collaboration between researchers and teachers. A small but growing body of literature has begun to study the collaborative process. The purpose of this study was to examine the collaborative research process between an elementary physical educator (the second author) and a university researcher (the first author) and to describe what the process meant to each during our longterm collaboration. The study examines the effect of collaboration on both teacher and researcher. Standard participant observation methods with an autobiographical component were used. Two major themes captured the meanings of the collaborative research process: shared privilege and shared empowerment. These themes are discussed in relation to the research and literature on collaborative research.
Inez Rovegno is with the area of Teacher Education at the University of Alabama, Box 870312, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0312. Dianna Bandhauer is with the Lecanto Primary School, 3790 West Educational Pass, Lecanto, FL 32661.