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ERIC Number: EJ807364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Development of Parent--School Partnerships in Times of Educational Reform in Hong Kong
Ng, Shun Wing
International Journal of Educational Reform, v16 n4 p411-435 Fall 2007
Since 1997, parents' rights of participating in children's education have been recognized in Hong Kong. Parents have been consulted and invited to participate in PTAs, manage the school, organize school activities, and assist in school functions. However, implementation of parent-school partnerships signifies the notion of parent empowerment that implies that "power given to a subordinate group is consequently lost by the former power-holder". The purposes of this article are: (1) to report an interpretive and exploratory study designed to illuminate parent-school relationships arising from increased parental involvement during the period of consultation on the Education Bill of School-Based Management from 2003 to 2004 in Hong Kong and (2) to theorize parent-school partnerships emerging in three case study schools of this qualitative research. Findings reveal that the process of including parents to participate in school, aiming at achieving the institutional goal of partnership, emerges as a far more complicated process than expected. The study concludes that rhetoric of partnership is due to teaching professionals' tendency to "define appropriate parental contributions in accordance with their own interests". (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong