Institutional Processes of School Improvement from a Narrative Point of View

  • Paulino Murillo Estepa Universidad de Sevilla
  • Mariana Altopiedi Universidad de Sevilla
Keywords: educational innovation, school improvement, organizational change, multimethodological approach, narrative inquiry

Abstract

This article presents a number of arguments and reflections on research that uses a narrative approach to understanding educational organizations. From a narrative point of view, meanings are organized in a narrative form that guarantees the understanding of phenomena that take place in every relationship system. This approach attempts to put in relation the actors’ narratives with those constructed by researchers, with the purpose of understanding the studied phenomena. In order to illustrate the adopted perspective, we describe a study of the processes developed by educational organizations that are employed in school improvement projects in Seville, Spain. Adopting the premise that the combination of different instruments for collecting information allows researchers to capture the polyphony of organizational discourses, data were collected using questionnaires and interviews. The results obtained allowed us to identify factors affecting the possibilities of introducing modifications in schools: a) those narratives that every organization constructs about itself and its teachers, and their relationships with social discourses; b) the image of those new initiatives and their congruence with original projects. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604141

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Author Biographies

Paulino Murillo Estepa, Universidad de Sevilla
Paulino MURILLO ESTEPA, Profesor Titular de la Universidad de Sevilla. Miembro del Grupo de Investigación IDEA (Innovación, Desarrollo, Evaluación, Asesoramiento). Doctor en Ciencias de la Educación por la Universidad de Sevilla. Ámbitos de especialización: Organización y Gestión de instituciones educativas, Innovación Educativa, Asesoramiento y Formación del Profesorado. Línea de investigación actual: Los procesos de mejora y el aprendizaje organizativo en las instituciones educativas.
Mariana Altopiedi, Universidad de Sevilla
Mariana ALTOPIEDI, es miembro del Grupo de Investigación IDEA (Innovación, Desarrollo, Evaluación, Asesoramiento). Doctora en Ciencias de la Educación por la Universidad de Sevilla. Ámbitos de especialización: Análisis Institucional, Innovación Educativa y procesos de cambio y mejora. Línea de investigación actual: Las instituciones educativas ante los procesos de cambio.
Published
2006-09-30