School leadership in the reforms of the Hong Kong education system: Insights into school-based development in policy borrowing and indigenising

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Abstract

This study aims at elaborating the reform policy effects on school leadership practices for quality educational development in the evolving hybrid of Western and Confucian cultures in Hong Kong. Why were education reforms and changes intensified in Hong Kong's education system in the post-1997 decades? How were these reform policies effectively implemented to bring about the changes in the school community? What insights into educational development can be drawn from the policy effects of school-based improvement on school leadership in the changing cultural context? The findings derived from the content analysis of the meanings of the articles selected by a systematic review approach show an urgent need for success in the political and cultural shift in alignment with the international trend of neoliberal-driven educational outcomes in the post-1997 period. School leadership was turned into collaborative whole-school participation in policy indigenising for improvement in a highly accountable context. These insights inspired us to conceptualise a framework of quality education development in policy borrowing/indigenising in school-based improvement. Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSchool Leadership & Management
Early online dateMay 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2019

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education system
Hong Kong
leadership
reform
school
reform policy
content analysis
education
participation
trend
community
Group

Citation

Szeto, E. (2019). School leadership in the reforms of the Hong Kong education system: Insights into school-based development in policy borrowing and indigenising. School Leadership & Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13632434.2019.1616172

Keywords

  • Education reforms
  • Middle leaders
  • Policy-borrowing/ indigenising
  • School-based development
  • And school leadership