Conceptualising collaboration for educational change: The role of leadership and governance

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the concept of collaboration, and how it can be mobilised in policy and practice in the pursuit of educational change in the context of the Scottish education system. Policy analysis and interviews with primary school headteachers highlighted the lack of definitional agreement but common conceptual characteristics of collaboration, and the implications of this for how it is led and governed in the pursuit of change. Highlighted in this paper is the complex interplay between forms of, influences on, and drivers of collaboration and how this results in varied outcomes of it. It is argued that collaboration across systems should be focused, purposeful, and supported with high levels of trust from those involved or enabling it to happen, and meso- and macro-level structures which are flexible to enable diverse forms of collaboration to emerge. This paper presents a framework for collaboration that supports the complex consideration of the interrelated domains of forms, influences, and drivers of collaboration, and the leadership practices and governance arrangements necessary for collaboration to lead to improvement and change. Copyright © 2024 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSchool Leadership & Management
Early online dateMay 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2024

Citation

Campbell, P. (2024). Conceptualising collaboration for educational change: The role of leadership and governance. School Leadership & Management. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2024.2355469

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Forms
  • Drivers
  • Influences

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