Better together: Creating and nurturing social networks for leveraging improvement in Communities of Learning Event as iCalendar

14 March 2018

5 - 6:30pm

Venue: J1 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland

Host: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Website: Please register here

Dr Alan Daly
Dr Alan Daly

Alan J. Daly, University of California, San Diego

Fulbright Global Scholar


Efforts at improving educational systems in support of better achievement for students are commonplace across the globe. These reforms are typically enacted using a variety of formal structures, processes, and accountability levers to improve performance.  However, while these more formal, technical approaches at improving education are important and have been well documented, what appears to be missing in the change equation, and much of the research, is attention to the relationships between individuals through which change flows and communities are developed. 

Ultimately, change processes emerge and are maintained through interpersonal relationships, and it is the interdependence of social ties that may ultimately moderate, influence, and even determine the direction, speed, and depth of a change.  As such, better understanding the role of relationships in change is critical. This lecture will highlight findings from recent research in social networks and offer insights into the role of the social side of supporting educational communities from a leadership and policy perspective.


Alan J Daly, PhD, is Chair and Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  He is also the Executive Editor of the new Open Access Sage Journal Educational Neuroscience.  Alan’s research and teaching are influenced by his 16 years of public school experience in a variety of instructional and leadership roles.  His research primarily focuses on the role of leadership, educational policy, and organization structures and the relationship between those elements on the educational attainment of traditionally marginalized populations.  Alan draws on his methodological expertise in social network analysis in his work and has a book on the topic published by Harvard Press entitled, Social Network Theory and Educational Change and a second co-authored book with Springer entitled, Using Research Evidence in Schools, and an American Educational Research Association book entitled, Thinking and Acting Systemically: Improving School Districts Under Pressure.  Professor Daly is also a Fulbright Global Scholar with an upcoming trip research trip to New Zealand and South Africa.

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