Concept formation in educational management: Instruments and voices in a creative chain of activities

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    The aim of this study is to analyze how a new concept in educational management is produced during a hired consulting for manager educators. The consulting is part of a chain of activities involving a Secretariat of Education, Boards of Education, and schools in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. This research has been carried out through a partnership between the Management in Creative Chains project (São Paulo-Brazil) and Concept Formation in the Wild (Helsinki-Finland). The importance of the research is related to the gap between educational management based on a business perspective and local school needs.
    The majority of the data was collected from meetings held in the Secretariat of Education, in boards of education and in schools in the city of São Paulo. The main purpose of these meetings was to produce a new concept of educational management and develop instruments that materialize the concept produced in practice. Thus, the data consist of video- recorded meetings, video and audio-recorded interviews, field observations, and other mediating artifacts developed during the consulting for manager educators, which are analyzed through multiple complementary methods suited for discourse data. Key theoretical concepts in the analysis include sense, meaning, mediating instrument, multivoicedness, and the creative chain of activities.
    The findings of this research will be reported in four articles tentatively titled as follows: 1. Concept formation in educational management: Through sense and meaning; 2. Multivoicedness in educational management; 3. The management plan as an instrument for the transformation of educational administration; and 4. The creative chain of activities in the process of educational management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherUniversity of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences
    Number of pages39
    ISBN (Print)978-952-10-8220-7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-10-8221-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    NameWorking Papers
    PublisherCenter for Research on Activity, Development and Learning – CRADLE
    ISSN (Print)1798-3118

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • concept formation,
    • mediating instruments,
    • multivoicedness
    • creative chain

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