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ERIC Number: EJ972025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Understanding the Chinese Superintendency in the Context of Quality-Oriented Education
Cravens, Xiu Chen; Liu, Yarong; Grogan, Margaret
Comparative Education Review, v56 n2 p270-299 May 2012
The implementation of national educational reform in China calls for newer and stronger school administration. Recognizing the need to establish a knowledge base for leadership development, we employ a set of existing US professional standards for educational leaders as a frame of reference to unpack the complex role of Chinese superintendents. Using data collected from two surveys administered to more than 200 Chinese superintendents in 2007, we find that many indicators of leadership considered essential in the United States are also viewed as necessary for effective superintendency in China. Feedback from the superintendents also points out gaps between what is perceived as important and what is in practice. This article contributes to the efforts of building meaningful global dialogues among researchers and practitioners on developing a new generation of education administrators. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States