Empowerment or impediment? School governance in the school-based management era in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Following the international trend in education towards democracy and decentralization, the Hong Kong government introduced a school-based management (SBM) system about two decades ago. It is widely recognized in the literature that decentralization, empowering school level management and marginalizing the influence of the intermediate level of governance, can result in better deployment of school resources and better meet the demands of various stakeholders. However, in the unique historical and cultural context of Hong Kong, the advantages of decentralization claimed in the literature have yet to be fully realized. This paper discusses the contextual factors affecting the implementation of SBM in Hong Kong, and examines their impact on four major stakeholders, namely the government, the principals, the teachers, and the parents in the wake of reform. Copyright © 2015 National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-330
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online dateOct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Kwan, P., & Li, B. Y.-M. (2015). Empowerment or impediment? School governance in the school-based management era in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35(3), 319-330. doi: 10.1080/02188791.2015.1056592

Keywords

  • School governance
  • School based management
  • Hong Kong
  • School improvement

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