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Networks of Innovation

Towards New Models for Managing Schools and Systems

Networks of Innovation by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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OECD countries are increasingly referred to as "network societies". This brings to the fore questions about educational networks: to what extent can they replace cumbersome bureaucracies as forms of management and as sources of innovation and professionalism? Some, such as Professor Michael Barber in this volume, predict the demise of large, slow-changing public services. But if so, what will take their place, and how do we ensure that it will be for the better? As schools become more autonomous and the world more complex, what forms of organisation and governance will ensure that education does not just fragment into chaos? These are among the questions that inspired seminars held in Hungary, the Netherlands and Portugal, organised with the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). They were concerned with the "how?" and not just the "what?" and "why?" of changing schools for the future.

The resulting analysis is presented in this latest published report in CERI's Schooling for Tomorrow series. The report complements earlier volumes on innovation, schooling scenarios, ICT in schools, and the learning digital divide. It analyses examples of innovative educational networks and policy programmes, and brings together related research from different countries and disciplines. It also presents the main directions for future policy and practice that emerged from the seminars. The report will be useful for both the shapers and students of educational change across the OECD.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
185 pages; ISBN 9789264100350
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Title: Networks of Innovation
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development