[Thesis].University of Manchester;2009.
This thesis provides a synthesis of knowledge about inclusive networking in aninternational
context, derived from the experience of stakeholders in educationin countries of the
South. It is suggested that inclusive networking facilitates thetelling of stories,
challenges stereotypes, humanises headlines and promotescontextually relevant research.The
research question: “What are the key principles for the development of aninclusive
international network?” was developed as a guide to this study. Usinga process of
autoethnographic analysis, I identified my tacit knowledge ofinclusive networking
through a continual analysis and cross-referencing of theten publications presented
here, and a wider search of the literature.This thesis is presented as a narrative
in three parts. In the first part I trace mymotivation for becoming involved in international
networking as a strategy toaddress global inequality, review the literature on networking
most relevant tothis thesis, and identify some of the barriers to publishing faced
by educationstakeholders in the South. In the second part, a case study of the EnablingEducation
Network (EENET) is presented and a wide range of networkingdilemmas identified, related
to the way information is collected and sharedacross diverse Southern contexts. The
overarching dilemmas of northerndominance and deficit thinking are discussed in the
context of oral culture andthe global digital and communication divide, and the difficulties
in promotinggenuinely critical conversations.In the third part, it is argued that
contextual detail and transparency aboutauthorship are critical to the construction
of stories and accounts if they are tobe meaningfully networked across diverse contexts.
However, it is suggestedthat investing resources in the development of documentation,
reflection andanalytical skills in education stakeholders is an essential part of
inclusivenetworking, if ‘promising’ practice is to be captured from a Southernperspective.Following
this, the penultimate chapter puts forward four key principles relatingto the development
of an inclusive international network that emerged from theanalysis of publications
and the wider literature:1. sharing of information, knowledge and stories between
contexts;2. knowledge creation: through reflection, documentation and analysis;3.
balancing insider and outsider knowledge and perspectives; and4. developing appropriate
responses at community level.I conclude with some possible future directions for research,
and with apersonal story which encapsulates the theoretical framework of this thesis.