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ERIC Number: EJ1196613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Interactions between Principals and Teacher Leaders in the Context of Chinese Curriculum Reform: A Micropolitical Perspective
Zhang, Yaxing; Henderson, Deborah
Australian Educational Researcher, v45 n5 p603-624 Nov 2018
This paper draws from a larger exploratory qualitative study that investigated the perceptions of principals and teacher leaders regarding their interactions in Chinese urban primary schools during contemporary curriculum reform. Insights from micropolitics, notably two core constructs of cooperation and conflict, were utilised to examine the interactions of participants. The research found that principals and teacher leaders employed exchange and facilitation as two strategies during cooperative processes; and they adopted enforcement and compromise in conflictive processes. Eight new sub-dimensions under the four strategies emerged from the interview accounts. Findings indicate that most principals were exercising their power 'through' their teacher leaders who in turn were working in alignment with their principals to achieve the desired outcomes in schools. Principals in some circumstances used power 'over' as a traditional approach, while power 'with' was not apparent in participants' comments. The paper contends that traditional Chinese cultural attitudes towards education, as shaped through Confucianism, were also discernible in framing the nature of some of the interactions between principals and teacher leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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