A study of the roles and duties of secondary 1 to 3 form teachers in Hong Kong secondary schools

Mo Kuen LEUNG, King Por Edwin WONG, Shiu Kwan Elizabeth POW

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Abstract

The expectations of school administrators, teachers, parents and students on form teachers at secondary 1 to 3 levels, the feelings and opinions of form teachers, and their roles and duties in a local subsidized secondary school were studied intensively by interviews and questionnaires as a pilot. It was found that the roles of junior form teachers were important and their responsibilities were ever increasing. Duties of form teachers could be grouped into four areas: Daily Classroom Duties, Class Club Duties, Student Counselling and Communication with Parents. Students expected their form teachers to care for them and help them learn and grow. Parents appreciated the bridging role of form teachers. School administrators recognized the importance of effective form teachers to the good management of a school. Form teachers themselves wanted an effective and fair Form Teacher System and to spend more time on educational issues. After the pilot, 1007 teachers from 85 schools were studied by referring to the questionnaire on the roles and duties of form teachers in junior forms. The data were then analyzed and some suggestions were proposed focusing on the problems found. Copyright © 2002 New Horizons in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-81
JournalNew Horizons in Education
Volume46
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002

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secondary school
teacher
parents
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questionnaire
student
club
counseling
classroom
responsibility
communication
interview

Citation

Leung, M. K., Wong, E. P. K., & Pow, S. K. (2002). A study of the roles and duties of secondary 1 to 3 form teachers in Hong Kong secondary schools. New Horizons in Education, 46, 67-81.

Keywords

  • Teachers
  • Roles and duties
  • School management
  • 香港初中班主任的角色及職責