Social Network Theory and Educational Change by Alan J. Daly

Social Network Theory and Educational Change

byAlan J. Daly, Alan J. Daly, Judith Warren Little

Kobo ebook | December 1, 2010

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Social Network Theory and Educational Change offers a provocative and fascinating exploration of how social networks in schools can impede or facilitate the work of education reform.
Drawing on the work of leading scholars, the book comprises a series of studies examining networks among teachers and school leaders, contrasting formal and informal organizational structures, and exploring the mechanisms by which ideas, information, and influence flow from person to person and group to group. The case studies provided in the book reflect a rich variety of approaches and methodologies, showcasing the range and power of this dynamic new mode of analysis. An introductory chapter places social network theory in context and explains the basic tools and concepts, while a concluding chapter points toward new directions in the field. Taken together, they make a powerful statement: that the success or failure of education reform ultimately is not solely the result of technical plans and blueprints, but of the relational ties that support or constrain the pace, depth, and direction of change. This unique volume provides an invaluable introduction to an emerging and increasingly important field of education research.
“This book brilliantly shows that the essence of effective educational reform is not to be found in plans, punishments, or performance incentives, but in professional interactions and relationships. A good idea is only worth something if you can spread it around, and this book shows you just how that’s done. Using leading-edge thinking and solid research techniques, it demonstrates in clear and accessible prose why networks are the core means by which change does or doesn’t happen. It should and will be essential reading for all researchers and reformers eager for effective change that will spread and last.”— Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Title:Social Network Theory and Educational ChangeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Harvard Education PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1612503764

ISBN - 13:9781612503769

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