By Daniel Muijs, Mel Ainscow, Chris Chapman, Mel West

Collaboration and networking have lately come to the fore as significant college development recommendations in a couple of nations. a number of projects, from executive and different organisations, have inspired collaboration and ended in loads of functional job during this region. although, at the moment there aren't any texts in schooling that discover collaboration and networking from either a theoretical and useful point of view.

In this booklet, we goal to supply a theoretical heritage to academic collaboration, drawing on examine and conception in coverage reviews, psychology and sociology, major eventually to a typology of networks. This theoretical base should be demonstrated within the dialogue of a few case reviews bearing on particular projects akin to the Federations programme, multi-agency collaboration and Networked studying groups. classes for perform may be drawn and offered by way of components inner and exterior to the college. the major factor of community management could be addressed the following as well.

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As such, collaboration within the network can be largely a matter of heads and senior management, with little involvement (and in some cases little knowledge) of other staff groups (Muijs, 2006a). On the other hand, collaboration could involve specific groups of school staff, such as Science departments across schools, with agreement of senior managers but little actual involvement of members of the SMT. Theoretically, all staff could be involved through exchanges, visits, and joint meetings, though in practice this is unusual.

However, while these autopoetic systems are constantly engaged in making and defining their boundaries, they are nevertheless open to external influence and complexity. External complexity is processed by the system which reacts to it in different ways. 3 Functionalist Theories of Networking 35 and vocabularies, and external complexity is processed through the filter of this communication system. In terms of the creation of networks functionalist theories will see these as primarily a means of fulfilling particular functions that would be harder for individual organisations.

Most English examples of collaboration sit somewhere in between these extremes, with certain ‘hard’ federations tending towards the coercion continuum, while the Leadership Incentive Grants, for example, have led to a number of voluntary groupings, albeit with a financial incentive to collaborate. Compulsion may, in some cases, be necessary to lead schools to improve, and has the advantage of greater control and opportunities for integration. It has clear disadvantages in terms of a likely reluctance of some members of staff in the school to fully engage in the network, and in the lack of trust that may result from this.

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