Restructuring schools in changing societies: Use of teams in teacher education in Hong Kong

Sharon Lynne BRYANT, Valentina KLENOWSKI, Andrew Anthony TIMMINS

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This paper is based on research conducted at the Hong Kong Institute of Education with students in teacher training programs. Students in classes were surveyed to indicate the impact on their learning of the innovative use of teams by their non-native speaking lecturers. Traditional methods in the Hong Kong teacher education setting seldom involve teaming (Morris, 1995). Research on changes such as teaming indicates that they can more rapidly be carried out in Quality environment (Bryant, 1995). Experts in research on change and innovation indicate that there are at least 4 dimensions from which to study an educational innovation, such as teaming in a traditional educational setting such as Hong Kong: from the teacher's perspective, how the innovation is used in the classroom to enhance learning, the leadership role of effective change facilitators, and the various forms the innovation can take (Hord, Rutherford, Huling-Astin, & Hall; 1987). In addition the use of teams in the Hong Kong teacher education program will be studied in relation to model such as the Concerns Based Adoption Model (C-BAM) based on many years of intensive, school-based research (Hord, 1997), as well as from a Quality model (Deming. 1986). These diverse aspects will begin to shed light on how the use of an innovation such as teaming can impact the student learning. Initial findings indicate that student learning is enhanced through the use of teaming. Students report that they find working with their peers beneficial. They report learning not only course content, but also communication strategies. Students also identified many concerns and barriers that need to be addressed in the Hong Kong setting that need to be dealt with to make teaming more successful.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996


Bryant, S. L., Klenowski, V., & Timmins, A. A. (1996, November). Restructuring schools in changing societies: Use of teams in teacher education in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) 13th Annual Conference: Restructuring Schools in Changing Societies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


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