ERIC Number: EJ941432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
System Redesign for System Capacity Building
Hargreaves, David H.
Journal of Educational Administration, v49 n6 p685-700 2011
Purpose: A recent development in England is the emergence, under various names, of groups of schools working together in a variety of collaborative ways. Such diversification enjoys broad political support. In this paper, the author aims to argue that the trend is potentially a radical transformation of the school system as a whole. The concepts of coupling and capital are drawn on to show how these changes enhance capacity building at the level of the individual institution and, more importantly, at the system levels, both local and national. Design/methodology/approach: The paper uses different conceptual schemes to throw light on the emerging phenomenon of partnerships between clusters of schools. Findings: As this is not an empirical research paper there are no findings as such. Practical implications: The paper is concerned with new policy directions, some of which are consonant with developments already taking place in England's education system. The analysis is intended broadly to support these changes but also to improve their design and implementation. Originality/value: The conceptual analysis is original and has implications both for a theoretical analysis of inter-school partnerships and for the practical issues of how such partnerships might evolve.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Cluster Grouping, Partnerships in Education, Educational Cooperation, Consortia, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Human Capital, Social Capital, Systems Approach, School Districts, Context Effect, Instructional Leadership, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Scheduling, Professional Autonomy, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)