ERIC Number: ED421468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-15
Reference Count: N/A
Interorganisational Networks in the Domain of In-Service Teacher Training.
Theunissen, Marielle; Veenman, Simon
This study examined the characteristics of networks of Dutch teacher training colleges and school-counseling services for inservice teacher training. The study involved a 1992 nationwide survey of inservice training counselors at 42 teacher training colleges and 66 school-counseling services. The survey asked about characteristics of the participants' networks. The results highlighted four types of networks. Researchers examined the networks in detail via a multiple-case study with four network cases. Using several interviews for each case, researchers asked about cooperation regarding inservice training in general and about an educational management course in particular. They also discussed the structure of the cooperation. Certain teachers completed a separate questionnaire about cooperation between teacher-training colleges and school-counseling services during the educational management course and during other courses and the perceived effects of cooperation on the quality and utility of the inservice training. Results indicated that exchange networks (which exchanged professional expertise and resources) were most common, followed by coalitions (which joined forces) and circuits (which attained joint goals). The study showed that the nature of the networks changed over time. The vagueness of government policy about future networking encouraged the respective organizations to cling to their individual autonomy. (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Catholic Univ., Nijmegen (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands