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ERIC Number: EJ807077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
The Effective Principal: A Case Study of Ying Wa College, Hong Kong
Burton, Neil; Brundrett, Mark; Yeung, John
Management in Education, v19 n4 p28-31 2005
It has been argued that "leadership" is seen as being centrally synonymous with school effectiveness and yet there is comparatively little evidence of the effects of leadership on school outcomes. More specifically, studies of principalship in Hong Kong have tended to be conducted in the quantitative tradition. The study described in this article was carried out at a long-established boys' school in Hong Kong with a missionary background going back to the early 19th century. The intention of the study was to understand the relationship between perceptions of senior staff and key stakeholders in relation to the impact of principal leadership and the overall effectiveness of the school. The principal, his deputies, the school supervisor, and the chairman of the teacher and parent association, along with a sample of teachers, were interviewed as part of a year-long study. Findings suggest that it was perceived that the principal does have a direct impact on the effectiveness of the school, but a desire for increased autonomy by other members of the senior management team was evident as part of a desire to systematise key processes throughout the school and in order to build leadership capacity. It is argued that such findings are particularly notable in the specific cultural context of South-East Asia. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong