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

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Abstract

Exploring teachers' attitudes towards research is always interesting. With the Education and Manpower Bureau's policy of introducing the position of Primary School Master/Mistress (Curriculum Development) to local Hong Kong primary schools, to understand the beliefs these curriculum leaders hold onto research - as a means to help schools to reflect upon their strengths and to decide how best to bring about reform in curriculum becomes significant. A survey of 209 PSM(CD)s suggested although people in general favour research in their work, there still reservations. A five-factor model indicated that, on the one hand, the majority of the respondents perceived themselves having ability to do research, valued research for professional development and providing solutions to teaching and learning deficiencies, and found the action research course that they participated useful. On the other hand, they preferred courses focussed on improving their teaching competencies to an action research course. It was shown that while demonstrated research experience and qualification of higher degrees revealed no significant difference in research attitudes, these factors associated positively with their commitment to school, self-efficacy and an internal locus of control. The work contributes to the understanding of how PSM(CD)s feel towards supporting doing and facilitating research for curriculum development in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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leader
curriculum
CD
curriculum development
action research
primary school
attitude research
school
teacher attitude
locus of control
manpower
Teaching
qualification
self-efficacy
commitment
reform
ability
learning
education

Citation

Hui, S. K.-F. (2004, November). Attitudes towards research: The case of curriculum leaders in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Keywords

  • Attitudes towards research
  • School-based curriculum development
  • Curriculum leadership