REDES DE COLABORACIÓN EN EDUCACIÓN. EVIDENCIAS RECOGIDAS EN ESCUELAS DE SOUTHAMPTON

Cecilia Azorín Abellan, Daniel Muijs

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El objetivo de este artículo es conocer cómo opera una red de escuelas orientada a la mejora del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje en la ciudad de Southampton (al sur de Inglaterra). Con esta finalidad, se presenta un estudio de caso que incluye la realización de entrevistas al personal directivo y docente de las cinco escuelas participantes, y la revisión de documentos de carácter institucional que comparte la alianza. Esto ha permitido al equipo investigador ahondar en: 1) las aspiraciones que tiene la red, 2) las áreas de interés mutuo que predominan, y 3) el tipo de organización estructural que sustenta la colaboración. Los resultados apuntan al intercambio de experiencias e información; la gestión eficaz de recursos; y la mejora escolar como las principales aspiraciones. Por otro lado, algunos de los intereses de trabajo común a este respecto son el liderazgo, la inclusión y el apoyo entre iguales. En relación con la estructura que adopta este entramado, la red dispone de grupos interconectados que abordan diversos aspectos. Las conclusiones destacan la necesidad de abrir fronteras para que cada vez sean más las escuelas que trabajen en red.

 

Abstract:
This paper seeks to ascertain how a network of schools aimed at enhancing the teaching-learning process in the city of Southampton (south England) operates. A case study is presented which includes interviews with leadership teams and teachers from the five schools participating along with a review of the institutional documents shared by the alliance in question. The research team was able to delve into: 1) the aspirations of the network; 2) the main areas of common interest; and 3) the type of structural organization underpinning the collaboration. The findings reveal that the main aspirations are sharing experiences and information, effective management of resources and school improvement. Other common issues of interest include leadership, inclusion and peer support. In terms of the structure of the network, there are interconnected groups that address a variety of aspects. The conclusions underline the need to open up so that more and more schools begin to network.


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redes educativas, colaboración, mejora escolar, investigación educativa

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