Developing an empowered vision
of teaching within networks
In this chapter we reflect on creating networks in the context of a changing cultural concept of professionalism in a political process of changing education in Catalonia. The context of educational change is relevant to understand the role of teachers who became involved in the network. The network has focused its reflection on one of the many problems teachers have faced: ‘school absenteeism’ or ‘disaffected pupils’. In the process of work within the network two questions troubled us: When will the teachers from the participating schools take over a project led by a university team? What conditions are necessary for this to happen?
The reflection on this process allows us to consider the network as a strategic and collective agent for innovation and development, and emphasizes the concepts of creativity, freedom and responsibility. The network is a powerful agent of exchange at the knowledge reconstruction level. Nevertheless, our proposal for a cultural change is not easy, not even in our educational context that is managed by an administrative and political system that intends to regulate the curricula, time and work and professional agendas.
The following overview shows the basic reference of the work in our network.
The objective of the network in the 2003–2004 academic year focused on analysing the educational intervention for students with difficulties in