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ERIC Number: EJ803556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Different Contexts, Different Problems? Comparing the Views of English Headteachers and Hong Kong Principals
Bottery, Mike; Ngai, George; Wong, P. M.; Wong, P. H.
Management in Education, v21 n4 p14-18 2007
In an age of greater government control and direction of schools, and yet simultaneously a greater devolution of responsibility, there is an international literature suggesting that many in leadership positions feel so pressured that they are seeking early retirement, or simply not coming forward in the first place (e.g. Gronn, 2003; Fullan, 2003). Interestingly, there is also a literature (e.g. Day et al., 2000; Moore et al., 2002; Gold et al., 2003) suggesting that, in the UK at least, headteachers still manage to sustain personal codes of ethics in their practice. Yet the samples for these optimistic findings tend to be individuals seen by themselves or others as "doing a "good" job"; other lower-profile headteachers might then be so controlled and directed that they implement policy much less critically. To investigate these issues, semi-structured interviews were used to ask headteachers in England and principals in Hong Kong about the pressures stemming from legislation, inspection procedures, marketisation, parental choice and competition, time and energy, and any other issues which they perceived as problematic. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; United Kingdom (England)