Improving teaching, teamwork, and school organization: collaboration networks in school teams

Andrea Wullschleger*, András Vörös, Beat Rechsteiner, Ariane Rickenbacher, Katharina Maag Merki

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Whereas previous studies on teacher collaboration have focused almost exclusively on improving teaching, this paper investigates collaboration in three highly important school improvement areas. Data for three collaboration networks were collected in four secondary schools in Switzerland in 2018 on teachers exploring new ideas on teaching (teaching improvement), teamwork (team improvement), and school organization (organizational improvement). Using social network analysis, we examined to what extent the collaboration networks overlap, how network structures differ, and what factors explain these differences. The results revealed substantial differences between collaboration in the three areas. This suggests that future research should examine collaboration from a multidimensional network perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103909
Number of pages17
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Early online date19 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • Teacher collaboration
  • School improvement
  • Social network analysis
  • Exponential random graph model (ERGM)


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