Alan J. Daly

Alan J. Daly
University of California, San Diego | UCSD · Department of Education Studies

Ph.D.

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Wellbeing in schools is often focused at the individual level, exploring students’ or teachers’ individual traits, habits, or actions that influence wellbeing. However, studies rarely take a whole-school approach that includes staff wellbeing, and frequently ignore relational and organizational level variables. We take a systems informed positive p...
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Educational systems worldwide promote the use of collaborative networks to foster teacher learning and improve practice in the pursuit of educational change to address longstanding equity and achievement issues. New Zealand is no exception, with its Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako policy mandating collaboration spanning across schools—a mandate t...
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Few studies have examined the brokering role that some educators play in providing access to research evidence. Our study uses social network analysis to examine the type of brokering roles that exist, as well as identify who plays these roles, and to understand how research evidence moves through formal and informal relationships. Our results show...
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In this study we explore the relationships between educators’ social network positions, perceptions of peer collaboration, discussion utility, and expertise and improvement in their professional practice. Through the lenses of social network theory and teacher collaboration, we examine the experiences of 101 educators in a Community of Learning in...
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Since the coronavirus pandemic, the ability to reach others across virtual space has become a prominent, widespread phenomenon. Within social media, social and professional discourse extends across fields. Socialmedia, considered by many as the Fifth Estate, redefines network influence and provides an outlet for historically underrepresented voices...
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Educational leadership is a widely discussed topic in educational science. However, although the study of socialnetworks in (informal) educational settings is gaining interest in recent years, the intersection between leadership and online social networks has received limited attention. This article investigates the informal sets of networks in bot...
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Using social media is one important strategy to communicate research and public health guidelines to the scientific community and general public. Empirical evidence about which communication strategies are effective around breastfeeding messaging is scarce. To fill this gap, we aimed to identify influencers in the largest available Twitter database...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a wide range of challenges for school leaders that they now (rapidly) have to address. Consequently, they also turn to informal learning networks, in order to share and collect information and reach out to their communities. In this context, the current study investigates the underlying networks structures among sch...
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The well-being of teachers and preservice teachers has been a topic extensively explored through the lens of burnout and stress. Despite its manifold benefits, few studies have explored PST well-being through the lens of subjective well-being. Grounding our study in positive psychology, we explore the relationships between preservice teachers’ subj...
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Using Twitter to implement public health awareness campaigns is on the rise, but campaign monitoring and evaluation are largely dependent on basic Twitter Analytics. To establish the potential of social network theory-based metrics in better understanding public health campaigns, we analyzed real-time user interactions on Twitter during the 2020 Wo...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is two-fold: (1) to offer a conceptual understanding of knowledge brokering from a sociometric point-of-view; and (2) to provide an empirical example of this conceptualization in an education context. Design/methodology/approach We use social network theory and analysis tools to explore knowledge exchange patterns...
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This article presents a systematic review of the recent literature from 2005 onwards on the social participation of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in inclusive elementary and secondary schools. These students may experience particular challenges in social interaction and communication within mainstream settings, due to the specific ch...
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Belonging is a fundamental human need. Despite its importance, relatively little work has explored antecedents to and outcomes of sense of belonging in teacher education programs. Grounded in theory of social networks, we explored social processes related to belonging via the development of social ties in preservice teacher identification networks....
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Uddannelsessystemer over hele verden opererer som uafhængige enheder, hvor individer ikke nødvendigvis betragter sig selv som en del af større fællesskaber og netværk. Undersøgelser viser, at netværk kan have betydning for menneskers helbred, lykke og verdenssyn, og har ligeledes indflydelse på forskellige typer af læringsfællesskaber i uddannelse....
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Purpose As accountability policies worldwide press for higher student achievement, schools across the globe are enacting a host of reform efforts with varied outcomes. Mounting evidence suggests reforms, which encourage greater collaboration among teachers, may ultimately support increased student learning. Specifically, this study aims to investig...
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Background: Insufficient breastfeeding promotion and support by physicians contribute to suboptimal breastfeeding rates globally. Understanding setting-specific barriers against breastfeeding promotion and support from the perspective of medical students and addressing those that can be modified through undergraduate medical education may help impr...
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Breastfeeding is one of many health practices known to support the survival and health of mother and infant, yet low breastfeeding rates persist globally. These rates may be influenced by limited diffusion of evidence-based research and guidelines from the scientific community (SC). As recently highlighted by the National Academy of Sciences, there...
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Purpose This study responds to major administrative and policy priorities to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by investigating a multi-sector ecosystem of regional organizations that support a STEM pipeline for education and careers. Design/methodology/approach We use social network analysis to investigate...
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What if we understand Schools as Learning Ecosystems in times of COVID-19 pandemic As we write this many of us across the world are sheltered in place, not being able to safely leave our homes. This pandemic has its roots in how connected we are as a planet. Ironically, we only seem to attend to our human connectivity when it comes to historically...
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The importance of breastfeeding for maternal and infant health is well‐established, yet complex and intertwined sociocultural barriers contribute to suboptimal breastfeeding rates in most countries. Large‐scale campaigns for evidence dissemination and promotion through targeted interventions on social media may help overcome some of these barriers....
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Social capital has recently emerged as an effective approach to rethink schools as wider learning ecosystems where students, teachers, and families have greater access to learning resources through social interaction. In this sense, the literature has not provided research-based assessment tools that document school leaders' abilities to weave soci...
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Background/Context: Teachers and educational professionals can draw on (informal) networks to foster their professional development. Moreover, a growing number of studies have shown that teachers use social networking sites (SNSs), such as Twitter, to keep up to date with the latest news on education and share resources with colleagues. Additionall...
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Educators are increasingly being called upon to collaborate in ways that leverage expertise across schools as they work together to improve teaching and learning. In this study we use social network analysis to investigate the patterns of collaboration and advice-seeking within and across five schools that comprise one Community of Learning (CoL) i...
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Learning to teach is rife with challenges. Preservice teachers’ self-efficacy can potentially mitigate the stress of these challenges, and teacher education programs are fundamental in helping them build this important resource. As such, understanding the foundations of self-efficacy is important for researchers and teacher educators alike. Groundi...
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This study explored the social processes associated with tie formation in friendship and support networks of Grade 8 students with disabilities in a highly diverse classroom. Driven by a social network perspective, we employed exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and separable temporal exponential random graph models (STERGMs) to explore tie for...
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This work attempts to examine instructional leadership from a peer influence perspective within a districtwide network of educational leaders. This approach to instructional leadership supplements a conventional understanding of technical core of professional collaboration. We argue from a social network perspective that individual perception is li...
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Social media are online technology platforms that focus on synchronous and asynchronous human interactions with a local and global reach unprecedented in human history. The Internet and its architecture have enabled the development and use of these platforms, which are designed to support social interactions and give rise to a complex interplay bet...
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Leadership is one of the most examined concepts in the literature, and while the study of social networks is also gaining interest, the intersection between leadership and online social networks has received limited attention. The key notion underlying most leadership research is that the behaviors or attributes of a leader matter for a variety of...
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This chapter welcomes the reader to the study of social media in education. It begins with a description of the background, ranging from general use of social media in today's society to the importance of social media in education. The study of social media in education will inevitably draw on interdisciplinary concepts and networks of relationship...
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School‐based breastfeeding education (SBBE) may help improve breastfeeding rates in the long‐term by targeting children and adolescents' knowledge, attitudes, skills, and intentions. Breastfeeding rates in Lebanon are suboptimal. Psychosocial drivers of breastfeeding intention among the youth are unknown. We administered a survey to 658 high school...
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This mixed-methods study examined the social networks of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to understand how the degree of a socially responsive classroom may have an impact on the inclusion and participation of these students and their peers. A critical case study design grounded in social capital theory drove the stu...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce a social network analysis (SNA) toolkit aiming to enable leaders, educators and researchers work together to deepen their understanding of classroom social network dynamics. In doing so, the authors provide both theoretical and practical steps in building a bridge between theory and practice and a s...
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The number of students with identified Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools has been rising in the last three decades, primarily due to policy changes promoting inclusive education. However, many of these students remain socially isolated despite expectations that inclusion may lead to enhanced outcomes, particula...
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The success of implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) depends not only on the extent to which educators deeply understand the new standards but also on the expectations, values, and resources that support their readiness for making necessary instructional change. Educators’ understanding of and beliefs about CCSS may largely drive their be...
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Internationally the research community has been seeking a deeper understanding about how to shape the work of educators over decades of educational reforms. This study attempts to contribute to this understanding by answering: “What motivates educators to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?” Using data from all school educators in one...
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Background School-based breastfeeding education (SBBE) may help improve breastfeeding rates in the long term by instilling in young people a base of evidence-informed knowledge, skills, and attitudes that primes them to make informed decisions about infant feeding and to become positive change agents. Breastfeeding rates in Lebanon remain suboptima...
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This dataset illustrates an approach to conducting ego-net analysis in education. The data are provided by Dr. Christoforos Mamas, Ms. Giovanna Shaelli, and Dr. Alan J. Daly, from the Department of Education, University of California San Diego and the Institute of Education, University of Zurich. The data are taken from the 3-year Inclusive Educati...
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Background: Limited knowledge, negative beliefs, and lack of sufficient breastfeeding promotion and support by physicians contribute to global suboptimal breastfeeding rates. Formal medical education is well-known to influence future physicians' knowledge, beliefs, and medical practice. However, less understood is the influence of social networks...
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were adopted with broad bipartisan backing in 46 states in 2010. Yet by 2015 they had become a lightning rod for a range of critiques about the education system while public support declined precipitously and became increasingly partisan. Not coincidentally, the CCSS were also the first major education initiat...
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Purpose: The social aspect of leadership is often overlooked in the educational reform. This study aims to address the dearth of work in the social space around leadership and examines two different types of relational ties between leaders that capture the affective and work-related aspects of interpersonal relationships. Research Method: This stud...
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Social network theory and analysis have become increasingly relevant as both a framework and set of robust tools for examining social interactions within “people systems.” Its use in educational research has been gaining momentum over the last two decades with much of the work taking place in K-12 settings. Although there have been calls for the...
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Purpose Secondary school leadership provides multiple challenges in terms of the diversity of tasks, multiple demands on time, balancing communities and attending to instructional programming. An emerging scholarship suggests the importance of a distributed instructional leadership approach to high school leadership. However, what has been less tho...
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Leaders’ self-efficacy has recently been identified as a critical component in the success of educational reform. In educational policy and leadership, little attention has been paid to leaders’ self-efficacy beliefs as they go about the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This study seeks to understand leaders’ CCSS self-efficacy...
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Teachers’ feedback seeking is considered as important for their professional learning. This study aims to investigate which school leaders are sought out for informal feedback by teachers and what leadership characteristics might influence this choice in secondary schools in Flanders, Belgium. Data from 436 teachers of 14 secondary schools are used...
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Social science literature suggests that social networks play an important role in developing human and social capital, particularly in the education space. Human capital refers to the knowledge, training, experience, and perceptions that reside within an individual, and social capital reflects the resources that are generated from the social intera...
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Using a social network analysis toolkit to identify students who may be at risk of social isolation and marginalization.
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Ferran Adria is widely recognized as one of the best chefs in the world. His former restaurant, El Bulli, famously attracted patrons from across the globe. They traveled to Roses (Girona, Spain) to sample not only Adria's cuisine, but also his innovative methods for creating and delivering a unique dining experience. El Bulli closed in 2011 at the...
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Utilizing a cognitive perspective, this article examines the social processes through which teachers come to understand the Common Core State Standards. The authors begin by identifying three beliefs that have important implications for policy implementation: self-efficacy, resource adequacy, and value for clients. They measure those beliefs and th...
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Purpose Previous attempts to solve complex problems in the field of education have often focused on one disciplinary perspective. This impedes the creation of meaningful solutions and lasting change. While an interdisciplinary approach has the potential for complex problem solving, it has often proven difficult. The purpose of this paper is to appl...
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The aim of this demonstration is to introduce a social network analysis toolkit to general and special education practitioners working within the field of special and general education. The toolkit’s main function is to enable educators to examine and understand the social interactions and peer relationships in support of inclusion.
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The data team intervention was designed to support Dutch secondary schools in using data while developing a solution to an educational problem. A data team can build school-wide capacity for data use through knowledge sharing among data team members, and knowledge brokerage between the team and other colleagues. The goal of this mixed-methods study...
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This study examines the peer relationships of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in general education settings. A critical case study design grounded in social capital theory drove the study. Data were collected through a social network questionnaire and semi-structured interviews with fourth grade students and their te...
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This study examined the social networks of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in an effort to understand how the degree of a socially responsive classroom may have an impact on the inclusion and participation of these students and their peers. A critical case study design grounded in social capital theory drove the stud...
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This study examined the social networks of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in an effort to understand how the degree of a socially responsive classroom may have an impact on the inclusion and participation of these students and their peers. A critical case study design grounded in social capital theory drove the stud...
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This article focuses on the quality of instructional networks in different stages of professional development. Drawing theoretically from social capital theory and literature on teacher interaction, we conducted in-depth interviews with 30 instructors at the university level. Using qualitative social network analysis to capture and analyze networks...
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In this article, Alan J. Daly, Yi-Hwa Liou, and Chris Brown explore the idea of positive affective arousal through "energy exchange relationships" within a district leadership team. Education leaders have long been expected to be not only effective leaders but also motivators who can move change efforts forward. Although there has been attention pa...
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This exploratory study foregrounds the important, but often understudied social side of pre-service teacher development and its relation to teaching performance in one university-based teacher preparation program in the US. We examine the extent to which pre-service elementary teachers’ social relationships and perceptions of peer trust and efficac...
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Educational Collaborative Networks (ECNs) aim to achieve educational goals at the community level and base their actions on collaborative partnering between schools and community organizations. These approaches are an emergent and innovative leadership and policy strategy being used increasingly across the globe, given the interconnected and pervas...
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Purpose – The number of early career teachers leaving the profession continues to be an ongoing issue across the globe. This pressing concern has resulted in increased attention to the instructional and psychological conditions necessary to retain early career educators. However, less formal attention has been paid to the social infrastructure in w...
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District and school leaders play particularly important roles in leading districtwide improvement, as they are increasingly held accountable for bringing about change and improvement for educational innovation and excellence. While conventional districtwide governance places much of its focus on technical and administrative matters such as policy d...
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Purpose – Many governments worldwide are now promoting the importance of research-informed efforts at improvement. At the same time research is yet to make sustained impact on the practices of teachers. Given the importance of the issue and the lack of progress in this area, the purpose of this paper is to examine what drives teachers’ perceptions...
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Purpose – Many governments worldwide are now promoting the importance of research-informed efforts at improvement. At the same time research is yet to make sustained impact on the practices of teachers. Given the importance of the issue and the lack of progress in this area, the purpose of this paper is to examine what drives teachers’ perceptions...
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Los social media influyentes (SMIs) pueden ser definidos como un nuevo tipo de actores sociales independientes, con capacidad de influir en las actitudes de audiencias desde los medios sociales de Internet en competencia y cohabitación con los medios de comunicación profesionales. Poder identificar a los SMIs es crítico independientemente de los co...