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ERIC Number: EJ1045490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Using Social Network Analysis to Promote Schoolwide Instructional Innovation: A Case Study
Woodland, Rebecca H.; Barry, Shannon; Roohr, Katrina Crotts
Journal of School Leadership, v24 n1 p114-145 Jan 2014
Social network analysis (SNA), a methodological approach that enables the mathematical examination of interprofessional relationships, can be an important tool for understanding and leveraging the social relationships that support and restrain instructional innovation and the quality and pace of school reform initiatives. In this article, we explicate the conceptual underpinnings of SNA and summarize how it has been used in a range of preK-12 educational evaluation contexts. A school-based case study is presented in which school leaders examined formal and advice-seeking networks among teachers, staff, and administrators and used the findings to reduce teacher isolationism, promote efficient communication, and increase system capacity for instructional innovation. Challenges associated with SNA for educational evaluation and school improvement are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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