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Supporting the middle tier to engage with school-based networks: Change strategies for influencing and cohering

Chapman, Christopher and Hadfield, Mark 2010. Supporting the middle tier to engage with school-based networks: Change strategies for influencing and cohering. Journal of Educational Change 11 (3) , pp. 221-240. 10.1007/s10833-009-9125-y

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Networking and collaboration in educational settings have become increasingly important in terms of supporting innovation and policy developments in many educational systems. However, to date, the role and action of the middle tier remains an under-researched area, especially in the United Kingdom. This paper draws on findings from a study of district level (local authorities (LAs)) capacity to broker and facilitate school-based networks within a context of complex multiple agendas. The study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Innovations Unit and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) involved 19 LAs over a two-year period. The authors worked as second order action researchers supporting local authority staff develop a range of strategies to broker and facilitate school-to-school networks. This paper draws on Habermassian notions of a critical theorem to describe the construction and use of a new theoretical framework outlining the strategies adopted by the middle tier officers within the project.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Networks; Networking; Middle tier reform; District; Local authority; Educational change
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1389-2843
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:37

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