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ERIC Number: EJ986802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Exploring the Space between: Social Networks, Trust, and Urban School District Leaders
Daly, Alan J.; Finnigan, Kara S.
Journal of School Leadership, v22 n3 p493-530 May 2012
A number of scholars are exploring the district context in which schools are embedded. These studies suggest the importance of the district office as a support or constraint to the work of schools and offer strategies for building relations between district and site leaders. While this is an important task, what is frequently overlooked is that organizational improvement efforts are often socially constructed. Therefore, an analysis of social networks and trust between district and site leaders may provide additional insights into supports and constraints related to improvement. This case study uses social network and trust data to explore the underlying best practice relations between leaders in a midsize underperforming urban school district. Results suggest weak network ties, low levels of trust, and a predictive relationship between trust and the reciprocal exchange of best practices related to improvement. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top