Attitudes towards action research: The case of curriculum leaders in Hong Kong

King Fai Sammy HUI, Wai Shing LI

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Abstract

Exploring teachers' attitudes towards research is always interesting. Following the decision of the Education and Manpower Bureau to create a position of Primary School Master/Mistress (Curriculum Development) (PSM(CD)) in Hong Kong primary schools, it becomes significant to understand and beliefs which these curriculum leaders hold with respect to action research - as a means to help schools to reflect upon their strengths and to decide how best to bring about reform in curriculum. A survey of 209 PSM(CD)s suggested that in general they favoured using research in their work. A four-factor model indicated that the majority of the respondents perceived themselves as having the ability to do research, valued research for professional development and providing solutions to teaching and learning deficiencies, and found the action research course useful. The survey results showed that demonstrated research experience and holding higher degree qualification had no significant impact on attitudes to action research, but that those attitudes were associated positively with the participants' sense of self-efficacy, an internal locus of control and their commitment to their school. The work will contribute to gaining an understanding of how curriculum leaders' participation in school-based curriculum research and development can be facilitated. Copyright © 2008 Academic & Professional Book Centre.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum leadership and school development: A collection of action research project
EditorsWai Shing LI, Wai Ming YU, King Fai Sammy HUI
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherAcademic & Professional Book Centre
Pages41-64
ISBN (Print)9623511124
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Citation

Hui, S. K. F., & Li, W. S. (2008). Attitudes towards action research: The case of curriculum leaders in Hong Kong. In W. S. Li, W. M. Yu & S. K. F. Hui (Eds.), Curriculum leadership and school development: A collection of action research project (pp. 41-64). Hong Kong: Academic & Professional Book Centre.

Keywords

  • Primary Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

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