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 35: Defining Schools as Social Spaces: A Social Network Approach to Researching Schools as Organizations
[Page 597][Page 598][Page 599]Schools have long been the subject of research across many fields, including (but not limited to) education. For more than a century, scholars have queried the role of schools in society in terms of their contribution to the collective health and well-being of communities and democracies. Research on schools is abundant. Researchers are seeking to understand schools as organizations from a multitude of different viewpoints. And while this work historically has been subject to the quantitative/qualitative divide that has persisted in social science ...