Institute of Education


The paradox of organisation (school) networks

Start: Sep 06, 2018 09:30 AM
End: Sep 06, 2018 12:30 PM

Location: Committee Room 1, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

World education class

Across the public services, networks are introduced as a new organisational form to improve service provision. The purpose of these new organisational forms is to ensure and guarantee educational quality and equity in a territory.

Examples are the Local Public Education Services (SLE) in Chile which are set up to organise networks of pedagogical and management support of schools.

This seminar will reflect on the increasing prevalence and unique value proposition of networks, discuss the tension between the increased benefits for end user and the decreased sovereignty for network members (e.g. schools), and talk about the role of evaluation and accountability in resolving this paradox.


9:30am Arrival, coffee and tea
9:45-10:00am Welcome and introduction
Dr Melanie Ehren, UCL Institution of Education, Centre for Educational Evaluation.
10:00-10:45am The promises and challenges of organisational networks: dealing with the paradox of increased benefits for end users and the decreased sovereignty of network members
Professor Patrick Kenis, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business/Tilburg University
Coffee/tea break
11:15-12:00pm Exploring how Local Public Education Services (SLE) organise networks to provide pedagogical and management support of schools.
Dr. Alvaro Gonzalez Torres, Líderes Educativos Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
12:00-12:30pm Q&A and closing comments


This seminar is free to attend however it does require registration.

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