Exploring the role of leadership in facilitating teacher learning in Hong Kong

Hau Fai Edmond LAW

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In recent years international trends towards teacher empowerment and leadership have gained increased attraction in East Asia's education policy and practice. Yet, as scholars have noted, the values underlying these practices often conflict with traditional cultural norms of East Asian societies which stress hierarchical and status differences. This study explored the efficacy of an approach to developing distributed curriculum leadership among school teachers. The research employs discourse analysis of video-taped meetings of teachers in a mathematics curriculum development team in order to explore the leadership and teacher learning. The results provide initial support for strengthening school-level capacity for teacher leadership as a means of fostering teacher learning in East Asian schools. Implications include the need for incorporating programmes that build leadership and team development into more general staff development for teachers. Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-410
JournalSchool Leadership & Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011



Law, E. H. F. (2011). Exploring the role of leadership in facilitating teacher learning in Hong Kong. School Leadership & Management, 31(4), 393-410.


  • Curriculum leadership
  • Distributed leadership
  • Teacher learning
  • Discourse analysis
  • Asia