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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: March 2010
Organisations: Leadership School Improve &Effectiveness


Local EPrints ID: 165847
ISSN: 0924-3453
PURE UUID: f7f2b6b5-e6a4-45d1-bead-617f0d2b5c66
ORCID for Daniel Muijs: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 20 Oct 2010 10:19
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:26

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Author: Mel West
Author: Mel Ainscow

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