School-based curriculum innovations: A case study in mainland China

Hau Fai Edmond LAW

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Abstract

Decentralisation of curriculum decision-making has been a subject of key debates in international discussions on change strategies for enhancing school improvement, teacher development, and pupil learning. This movement impacts on policy changes in curriculum and pedagogical orientations in mainland China. However, there is a dearth of empirical research proving the manner by which schools have come to respond to challenges imposed by the central agencies. This paper documents an investigation of a school in Southern China, focusing on the structural and strategic measures employed by the school and its teachers in responding to these challenges. The paper concludes with moderate reservations on the effect of policy change based on empirical data from interviews with the school leadership and teachers. Copyright © 2011 Centre for Promoting Ideas, USA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-166
JournalInternational Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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innovation
curriculum
China
school
teacher
decentralization
empirical research
pupil
leadership
decision making
interview
learning

Citation

Law, E. H.-F. (2011). School-based curriculum innovations: A case study in mainland China. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(2), 156-166.

Keywords

  • School-based approaches to curriculum innovations
  • China education
  • Educational changes