Educational Ecosystems reffer to educational actors in an organization, neigbourhood or community, and their social relationships. The Ecosystem is both influenced by the type of actors and by their specific connections. Actors can be teachers from a school, educators from after-school programs, psychologists from social services, families, universities, businesses and so on. Educational Ecosystems are based on the power of collaboration between actors for collective improvement of education in the 21st century.
We understand Social Capital as the resources embedded in social relations which can be mobilized when an actor wishes to increase the likelihood of success in purposive action (Lin, 2001). Social Capital is concerned with the resources that exist in social relations between individuals as opposed to the resources of a specific individual. A community that moves forward through social problems is in some ways better interconnected (Burt, 2001).
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The Leadership of Educational Ecosystems involve the collaborative strategies needed to enhance creative and innovative ecosystems in educational scenarios. These ecosystems are formed where appropriate stakeholders share their knowledge, information, experiences, ideas and resources in order to produce innovative outcomes that are relevant to them (Sorensen and Torfing, 2011).
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