ERIC Number: EJ1156966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Examining the Perceptions of Curriculum Leaders on Primary School Reform: A Case Study of Hong Kong
Cheung, Alan C. K.; Yuen, Timothy W. W.
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v45 n6 p1020-1039 Nov 2017
In an effort to enhance the quality of teachers and teaching, and to lead internal curriculum development in primary schools, the Hong Kong Education Bureau created a new curriculum leader post entitled primary school master/mistress (curriculum development) or PSMCD for short. The main purpose of the study was to examine the perceptions of these curriculum leaders on their competence in leading the primary school reform. Using a stratified random sampling technique, 125 curriculum leaders were chosen to participate in the current study. Survey questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were conducted. The findings of the study suggest that PSMCDs in general supported the goals and the rationale of the reform. In addition, they also agreed that moderate progress had been made in implementing the curriculum reform in their school. Though progress had been made in many areas, our findings have highlighted several key challenges that these PSMCDs faced in performing their roles. These challenges include heavy workload, learner diversity in the classrooms, the use of diversified modes for assessment, and having too many reforms at the same time. Implications and recommendations are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Elementary Schools, Educational Change, Case Studies, Transformational Leadership, Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Educational Objectives, Curriculum Implementation, Leadership Role, Faculty Development, Educational Practices, Mixed Methods Research, Focus Groups, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong