Challenges to equal educational opportunities for all students still exist in many places across different societies in times of increasingly diverse student populations in schools. Not only students with different learning abilities but also those from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds have diverse learning needs. We argue that inclusive education should take a broader perspective regarding students of difference and/or difficulty, while principals play out important leadership roles for equal educational opportunity in schools. This paper aims to examine two principal leadership approaches to practices for the diversity of student populations. By conducting a cross-case study, the principals cultivated an inclusive and multicultural school environment for the students. The findings show that the principals turned their schools around by adopting similar and different leadership practices. Hence, they can transform the schools towards more inclusion for students of differences and difficulties. Copyright © 2016 The Special Education Society of Hong Kong Ltd.
|Journal||Hong Kong Journal of Special Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
CitationSzeto, E. S. Y. (2016). Equal educational opportunity? Global policy development and local practices in diverse school contexts. Hong Kong Journal of Special Education, 18, 1-13.
- Diverse student populations
- Equal learning opportunity
- Inclusive and multicultural education
- Principal leadership
- School transformation