Network Learning for Educational Change

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Networking for learning and
change
Wiel Veugelers and Mary John O'HairBased on an analysis of the chapters, in this final chapter we draw a number of conclusions on networking as a strategy for educational change.We focus on the following issues:
learning in networks
networks as communities of practice
shared leadership
professional development and school development
keeping networks fluid
network philosophy
school-university partnerships
networks and educational policy
the effects of networking on educational change
starting a network.

Learning in networks

The most important characteristic of networks involves the learning of colleagues within and across schools. In networks, teachers and principals learn from colleagues in other schools, which helps them to deepen the learning in their own school. It is a collegial, horizontal way of learning. Teachers and principals reflect on their experiences, construct new knowledge, and develop skills and attitudes that enhance student achievement. Networking helps to develop trust among the members, which allows an open forum for collective enquiry to emerge. It creates a structure within

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