The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 32: School-to-School Collaboration: Building Collective Capacity through Collaborative Enquiry
[Page 540]Almost half a century ago, Basil Bernstein (1970) argued that schools could not compensate for all the ills of society. While structural inequalities mean that the relationship between poverty and educational attainment remains as steadfast as ever, there is some evidence that offers a more optimistic perspective. Some schools can, and do, make a difference to outcomes for children from high-poverty settings and support the development of more equitable education systems (Sammons, 2007). There is also increasing evidence to suggest that when schools collaborate with and learn from each other then they can have more impact on outcomes than when they work in isolation ...