Primary school principals' multiple identities in SBM decision-making strategies and effective school development: Casual links, ethics paradigms and cultural identities

Lai Yin KWOK, Chung Chi YUEN

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Abstract

A scrutiny of ethical dimension of principal leadership (involving three females and two males from five religious and secular, private and public primary schools) in Hong Kong is carried out to explore into multiple identities of five primary school principals when exploring possible causal links between their ethical decision-making strategies in school-based management (SBM) [based on shared decision making, organization culture and working expectations of collaborators] and effective school development [in terms of leadership practices, school goals, purpose, and teacher professional development].. Under the interpretative research paradigm through semi-structured interviews, participant observation and documentary analysis, the study provides a thick depiction of principals' perceptions and practices of ethical leadership and its implications for SBM in Hong Kong. Qualitative findings illustrate that the primary principals perceive and practice ethical leadership in terms of an array of values and beliefs, which can be categorized into three main domains, namely personal, intellectual and acting. An ethical perspective of school leadership includes attributing qualities of care, justice, critique and acting (paradigms of ethics). The quality of ethical leadership will depend profoundly on how principals treasure these qualities that inform their behaving and acting on school practices.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

Citation

Kwok, L. Y. P., & Yuen, C. C. (2004, June). Primary school principals' multiple identities in SBM decision-making strategies and effective school development: Casual links, ethics paradigms and cultural identities. Paper presented at the 21st CESE Conference: Multiple Identities, Education and Citizenship: The World in Europe; Europe in the World, Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Keywords

  • Educational Policy and Management

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