Veronika ManitiusAnja JungermannNils BerkemeyerWilfried Bos

Regional Offices for Education as Boundary Spanners

Results from a Baseline Survey of the Regional Offices for Education in North Rhine-Westphalia


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Regional Offices for Education (“Regionale Bildungsbüros”, RBB) have been established by almost all local authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in order to support school improvement as well as efforts towards the development of quality in education. Educational policy-makers have high conceptional expectations towards the RBBs’ impact, especially concerning their capability to coordinate and manage networking processes in the regional educational landscapes. The research about this new actor in school improvement still is in a very early state. This article presents theoretical considerations and empirical findings of a baseline survey of the RBBs in NRW. It investigates the question whether this stakeholder acts as a boundary spanner and gateway between various organizations.

Regional Offices of Education, Boundary Spanner, baseline survey

Manitius, V., Jungermann, A., Berkemeyer, N. & Bos W. (2013). Regionale Bildungsbüros als Boundary Spanner: Ergebnisse aus einer Bestandsaufnahme zu den Regionalen Bildungsbüros in NRW. DDS – Die Deutsche Schule, 105(3), 275-294.