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Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel Muijs, Mel Ainscow, Chris Chapman, Mel West

By Daniel Muijs, Mel Ainscow, Chris Chapman, Mel West

Collaboration and networking have lately come to the fore as significant university development recommendations in a few international locations. numerous tasks, from executive and different corporations, have inspired collaboration and resulted in loads of sensible task during this sector. notwithstanding, at the present there are not any texts in schooling that discover collaboration and networking from either a theoretical and functional standpoint.

In this ebook, we objective to supply a theoretical historical past to academic collaboration, drawing on examine and thought in coverage reviews, psychology and sociology, major eventually to a typology of networks. This theoretical base should be established within the dialogue of a few case experiences concerning particular tasks corresponding to the Federations programme, multi-agency collaboration and Networked studying groups. classes for perform might be drawn and provided by way of elements inner and exterior to the college. the foremost factor of community management may be addressed right here as well.

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If we consider networks to be complex systems, which seems realistic in view of the complexity of ties and relationships that can exist within them, especially in the education sector where schools will typically be a part of multiple networks with multiple goals and actors, we can partially explain the sometimes differential outcomes of network activity, where we have seen a lot of variance in terms of effectiveness, results, and outcomes, in terms of results as well as relationships. 4 Conclusion In these last two chapters, we have explored theoretical perspectives on networking and collaboration.

Chapter 5 Towards a Typology of Educational Networks Based on both theory and research, we will present a typology of educational networks differentiating them by factors such as network density, goals and purposes, and longevity. The typology is based on theoretical considerations and prior research, and will, along with the theories discussed in Chapters 3 and 4 provide a framework for discussing the case studies later on. In the light of the growth of networks and the support for networking and collaboration as a school improvement strategy, an important question that needs to be answered is what the theoretical basis for networking is.

6 Network density Low density Medium density High density Head teachers of network schools regularly meet and collaborate, but other staff are not directly involved As well as a senior There is a joint senior management group, there management group for the are cross network groups of network, subject teachers subject leaders, pastoral form cross-school networks leaders and some cross and regularly teach in each network groups engaged in others’ schools, and pupils specific school improvement are engaged in joint activities, such as a data activities such as exam group.

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