ERIC Number: EJ1020435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Honourable Road and Its Impact on Teacher Practice: An Analysis of China's National Honour System in Cultivating Professional Development
Song, Huan; Zhu, Xudong; Liu, Laura B.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v41 n3 p253-270 2013
China's national teacher honour system, initiated in 1949, is designed to recognise the academic and pedagogical performance of individual teachers and professional collectives at national, provincial, municipal, and school-based levels. This study employs grounded theory analysis to examine the phenomenon of China's teacher honour system by analysing documents, narrative stories of 11 award recipients and five non-recipients, and interviews with four government officials who manage the system. The paper discusses sociocultural aspects of this honour system by exploring the impact of three types of professional honours on teacher professional development. This system aims to balance government leadership in conferring honour with individual pursuit of professional development in one's local setting. Contextualised in a Confucian culture, the teachers immersed in this honour system benefit from collegial support in engaging in professional growth activities. Challenges with this system include the need to enhance teacher efficacy by engaging teachers in shaping the policy, as well as the possibility of political -- rather than professional -- criteria determining honour conferral, discouraging rigorous pursuit of professional growth.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Standards, Grounded Theory, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Personal Narratives, Interviews, Public Officials, Sociocultural Patterns, Teacher Characteristics, Confucianism, Cultural Context, Participant Characteristics, Awards, Professional Recognition, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Teacher Motivation, Politics, Teaching Skills, Teacher Evaluation, Reflection, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Collectivism, Qualitative Research
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Identifiers - Location: China