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ERIC Number: EJ764470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
School Improvement, Pre-Service Teacher Education and the Construction of Social Networks in New Zealand and England
Strathdee, Robert
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v33 n1 p19-33 Feb 2007
Educational reformers in New Zealand and England have turned their attention towards network creation as a way of facilitating school improvement. The idea is that greater collaboration can drive school improvement through building professional learning communities, spreading best practice, and driving innovation in education. It is based on a triple helix model of innovation, which is a term principally used in economics to describe the formation of social relationships between individuals based on collaboration. The introduction of the "Extending High Standards in Schools" reform in New Zealand, the Performance-based Research Fund and the incorporation of pre-service teacher education into the universities are designed to help create this kind of model of innovation through facilitating knowledge transfer. This paper offers a critical assessment of the Extending High Standards in Schools reform and related reforms, and argues that although network creation makes sense, the efficacy of the strategy is limited by factors that limit the flow of quality information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom (England)