Border Crossing: Supporting factors of collaboration across sectors in one Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning

  • Tiffany Williams Te Rito Maioha
Keywords: Communities of Learning, Kāhui Ako, Social learning, Collaboration, Leadership, Communities of Practice


In theory, collaboration is a key component of education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In practice, however, cross sector collaborative relationships are not so easily established or maintained, even when collaboration is ‘mandated’ through government policy. This research explores the perspectives of nine teachers from one Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning (Kāhui Ako), who discussed the successes and challenges they experienced when collaborating across sectors. With commitment to collaborative work, the research participants were able to cross the borders that exist within and extend beyond the education sectors, exploring exciting new frontiers of leadership and learning. The teachers’ experiences were analysed using a social learning theory lens, highlighting the complex nature of cross-sector collaboration. It is hoped this research will support other education communities to evaluate the effectiveness of their own collaborative endeavours.


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How to Cite
Williams, T. (2024). Border Crossing: Supporting factors of collaboration across sectors in one Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning. Teachers’ Work, 21(1), 75-90.