Monday, May 20, 2013

Strong Social Networks Among Teachers Create a Climate for Innovation

That’s the conclusion of a study in the Netherlands, reported in the Teachers College Record (Columbia University’s Teachers College). Here’s the abstract:

Findings indicated that the more densely connected teachers were in regard to work-related and personal advice, the more they perceived their schools’ climate to be supportive of innovation. Highly dense work-related network structures also typified teams that perceived strong teacher involvement in decision-making. Moreover, results suggested that the positive relationship between density of work-related advice networks and innovation-supportive school climate could be partially explained by increased shared decision-making. Implications of the study for teachers, organizations, leadership, and policy are discussed.

Strong relationships seem to exist in most legal writing and clinical departments and may explain why these departments are the most innovative energizers in legal education.


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