ERIC Number: ED477187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-6
Implementation of Annual School Plan in Hong Kong: Problems and Coping Strategies.
Wong, Edwin K. P.
This paper examines the School Management Initiative that Hong Kong implemented in 1991. It discusses some of the difficulties encountered by school teachers as they tried to implement annual school plans and also describes some of the useful techniques that were introduced into schools. They key problems identified in schools included the absence of a clear school vision, teachers who were not familiar with the proper techniques in writing planning documents, teachers who were inexperienced in implementing the specifics of their planning documents, the presence of a dominant top-down culture, and teachers who struggled with heavy workloads. The report advises schools to formulate a school vision using a shared-decision approach to guide plan development so as to gain the teachers' commitment. It also suggests that schools alleviate teacher's workload, offer a school-based staff-development program on writing and implementing a school plan, organize regular visits by external consultants to support teachers, encourage all schools to review their plans regularly, foster the development of a shared decision-making culture, adopt a teamwork approach, and convince principals to delegate authority to school teachers and provide more resources. (Contains 11 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong