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Working the interface: brokerage and learning networks

Kubiak, Chris (2009). Working the interface: brokerage and learning networks. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 37(2) pp. 239–256.

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The establishment of school-based learning networks is one of the more significant recent changes in the way that professional learning and organisational change have been conceptualised. This article argues that network development requires facilitation and conceptualises this work as brokerage, a concept highlighting the tensions of working as an ‘inside-outsider’. Using interviews, observations of meetings, document analysis and case studies, an understanding of the practices of a group of National College of School Leadership network facilitators employed to support network development was developed. Facilitators saw themselves as facilitating the learning of network members and fostering accountability. Positioned at the boundary of the network, connected to many other groups, the success of their attempts to access and establish a legitimate role in their networks varied from group to group. As such, some Facilitators experienced their work as disorienting. ‘Communities of brokerage practice’ served as buffer zones between networks and their employing organisation - a space to not only reflect upon and build an understanding of brokerage work but to evolve and develop the practice itself. Recommendations for organisations supporting a similar role are made.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 BELMAS
ISSN: 1741-1432
Keywords: learning networks; organizational change; professional development; schools; facilitation NCSL
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15349
Depositing User: Christopher Kubiak
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 11:18
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 21:24
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