Daniel Muijs is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the University of Southampton, School of Education. Previously he worked as Professor of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, Professor of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior lecturer in quantitative research methods at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of Educational Effectiveness and quantitative research methods and is co-editor of the journal ‘School Effectiveness and School Improvement’. He has published widely in the areas of teacher and school effectiveness and improvement, educational leadership and research methods, and has a strong interest in the relationship between research, policy and practice. Much of his recent research has focused on school-to-school collaboration.
When does(n’t) collaboration work? Evidence on school-to-school collaboration as a strategy for school improvement
The principle of schools collaborating to improve is one that has seen growing interest in recent years, and there is some emerging evidence that in particular collaboration between high and lower performing schools can be an effective school improvement method. However, these overall results mask the existence of very differential results in different networks and collaboratives. In this keynote I will draw on data from a range of research and evaluation projects to look at what factors are related to more or less successful collaborations, and what these findings imply for theory, practice and policy.