ERIC Number: EJ1048560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 106
A Narrative Inquiry into Schooling in China: Three Images of the Principalship
Craig, Cheryl J.; Zou, Yali; Poimbeauf, Rita P.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v47 n1 p141-169 2015
This narrative inquiry exploring contemporary Chinese schooling involved three researchers who worked collaboratively as a team. Each researcher resonated with a different image of the principalship embedded in the storied account proffered by Xu Xiaozhang ??, leader of Hexie Elementary School in Tianjin, China. (1) Principal as the lead teacher; (2) principal as an agent of a harmonious learning community; and (3) principal as a teacher-maker were the images Principal Xu held and expressed. In the interpretive analysis, Xu Xiaozhang's images of principal were nested one within the other in ways that brought Deweyan pragmatism and Confucian thought fruitfully together. The subtle nuances of the images provide an upclose view of schooling on one elementary campus in China that is of international interest and value.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Inquiry, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership, Confucianism, Educational Philosophy, Progressive Education, Elementary Schools, Experience, Administrator Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China