Professional capital and collaborative inquiry networks for educational equity and improvement?

Chapman, C. , Chestnutt, H., Friel, N., Hall, S. and Lowden, K. (2016) Professional capital and collaborative inquiry networks for educational equity and improvement? Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 1(3), pp. 178-197. (doi:10.1108/JPCC-03-2016-0007)

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is two fold. First, it is to reflect on the development of professional capital in a three three-year collaborative school improvement initiative that used collaborative inquiry within, between and beyond schools in an attempt to close the gap in outcomes for students from less well off backgrounds and their wealthier counterparts. Second, this paper will reflect more broadly on the initiative as a whole. Design/methodology/approach – This research and development initiative involved the research team working in a nested setting as second order action researchers, consultants and critical friends with a range of actors across the system. The findings are based on mixed methods data collected from eight case study school partnerships. The partnerships involved over 50 schools across 14 school districts in Scotland. Social network analysis was also used in one of the school districts to map and quantify professional relationships across schools. Findings - Over time, relationships within the partnerships developed and deepened. This occurred within individual schools, across schools within the partnerships and beyond the school partnerships. At the same time as these networks expanded, participants reported increases in human, social and decisional capital, not only among teachers, but also among other stakeholders. In addition, through their collaborative inquiries schools reported increased evidence of impact on positive outcomes for disadvantaged students. Originality/Value - The professional capital of individuals and organisations across and beyond schools is demonstrated as an important consideration in the pursuit of both quality and equity in education.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lowden, Mr Kevin and Chapman, Professor Christopher and Friel, Dr Niamh and Hall, Mr Stuart
Authors: Chapman, C., Chestnutt, H., Friel, N., Hall, S., and Lowden, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Professional Capital and Community
Publisher:Emerald
ISSN:2050-7003
ISSN (Online):2056-9548
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
First Published:First published in Journal of Professional Capital and Community 1(3):178-197
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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