Professionalism and neoliberalism?: Two decades of effort to professionalise school leadership and governance in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Many critics tended to oppose the education reforms in the last two decades in Hong Kong for its neoliberalist and managerialist origins and aim to achieve performativity, accountability and global competitiveness (e.g., Chee, 2012; Choi, 2005; Ho & Tsang, 2008). However, Ko, Cheng and Lee (2016) argued that these reforms also contributed to school autonomy, teacher professionalism, transparent school governance, flexibility in curriculum and resources management and the development of a self-evaluation culture. This paper examines the paradoxical interactions of professionalism and neoliberalism on professionalising school leadership and governance from findings in the interviews with school leaders from the middle to school-sponsoring body level. Unlike the academic critics, different actors (senior teachers, principals, school managers) were less concerned about the anti-neoliberalist issues but stronger expectations on developing their professionalism in changing times like innovative pedagogy, learner diversity, organisational learning, and crisis management. Copyright © 2019 The Education University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Citation

Ko, J. (2019, March). Professionalism and neoliberalism?: Two decades of effort to professionalise school leadership and governance in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Asia Leadership Roundtable 2019: The First Decade of Asian Research on School Leadership in a Global Context, Grand Link Hotel, Guilin, China.

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