Muijs, Daniel, West, Mel and Ainscow, Mel
Why network? theoretical perspectives on networking and collaboration between schools
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21, (1), . (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.
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