Schools that Grow with the Community: Discovering Pathways for Change

By Carmen Alvarez Alvarez and Maria Verdeja Muniz.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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In this article we review some theoretical approaches and reflect on how schools can learn, emphasizing the participation of the community and the school organization itself in processes of innovation and educational change. We also present some experiences of teachers who reflect on their teaching and who are committed to a relationship of dialogue with students and staff and the participation of families as the main tool for promoting change and improvement in educational processes. Finally, from a critical and considered perspective, we argue for a democratic, participatory type of school, envisaging the opening of schools to the educational community, as a form of innovation and change in educational organizations to respond to social, political, and cultural changes in our societies, this being key to the participation of all members in the educational community.

Keywords: Educational Innovation, Participation, Educational Community, School Organization, Learning Organizations

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 407.985KB)).

Carmen Alvarez Alvarez

Professor, Teaching Methods and School Organization, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain

Maria Verdeja Muniz

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Sciences. Area of Didactics and School Organization, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain