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System redesign for system capacity building

System redesign for system capacity building 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Educational Administration Emerald Publishing

System redesign for system capacity building

Journal of Educational Administration , Volume 49 (6): 16 – Sep 27, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0957-8234
DOI
10.1108/09578231111174820
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Journal of Educational AdministrationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 27, 2011

Keywords: School reform; Educational institutions; Educational innovation; England; Educational policy

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