About this research
How was this research carried out?
The research used mixed methods data drawn from across eight case study school partnerships across 14 associated schools groups.
What are the strengths of the research methodology?
Mixed methods designs combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. These designs aim to use the strengths of different methods and to triangulate findings to produce more balanced results and a deeper understanding of the issues.
What is the context of this research?
This research is based in Scottish schools, across 14 school associated schools groups.
You may find the following reflective questions useful when reading this paper:
- What steps are you and your school taking to build professional capital?
- How might you tackle the attainment gap by strengthening collaboration: within your school, between individuals and classrooms; between your school and other schools; and beyond your school, with other partners, families and communities?
About the author(s)
The authors are Christopher Chapman, Hannah Chestnutt, Niamh Friel, Stuart Hall, Kevin Lowden from the Robert Owen Centre For Educational Change at Glasgow University.
This research was not commissioned by Education Scotland and the findings, recommendations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Scotland.
Chapman. C , Chestnutt. H , Friel. N , Hall. S , Lowden. K, (2016) 'Professional capital and collaborative inquiry networks for educational equity and improvement?', Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. 1 Iss: 3, pp.178 - 197
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Professional capital and collaborative inquiry networks for educational equity and improvement?