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ERIC Number: ED407402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Learning Together in Networks of Schools and University.
Veugelers, Wiel; Zijlstra, Henk
The collaborative schools networks are an important means for modernizing education in the Netherlands. The freedom of organization allowed by the Dutch educational system results in schools having more responsibility for their own financial affairs, task differentiation for staff, and curriculum organization and structure. Nearly 70 percent of the 450 Dutch schools for Upper Secondary Education participate in collaborative networks. This paper outlines the development of the Upper Secondary Education School Network, a collaboration of the Center for Professional Development in Education at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and 20 schools. University faculty stimulate and structure this interchange, working with teachers on action research and bringing expertise to the participating schools. The structure and operation of the network is described, along with such functions as interpreting and influencing government policies, learning from others' experiences, developing new educational approaches and materials, and creating new initiatives. Finally, elements in creating a successful network are outlined. These include: creating an atmosphere of mutual confidence and give and take; the combination of schools in the network; professional development education and school development; trendsetters in schools; collaboration and competition; and financial support. (Contains 17 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands