Why network? theoretical perspectives on networking and collaboration between schools

Muijs, Daniel, West, Mel and Ainscow, Mel (2010) Why network? theoretical perspectives on networking and collaboration between schools. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21, (1), 5-26. (doi:10.1080/09243450903569692).


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In recent years, networking and collaboration have become increasingly popular in education. However, there is at present a lack of attention to the theoretical basis of networking which could illuminate when and when not to network, and under what conditions networks are likely to be successful. In the paper we will attempt to sketch the theoretical background to networking drawing on work in sociology, psychology and business studies and looking at four main theoretical frameworks: constructivism, social capital theory, Durkheimian network theory and the concept of new social movements. We will also explore differences between networks on a number of factors such as goals, activities, density, spread and power relations.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09243450903569692
ISSNs: 0924-3453 (print)
1744-5124 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 165847
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2010 10:19
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:30
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/165847

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