Using the performance indicators for preschool self evaluation and improvement: A Chinese model

Ngai Chun Margaret WONG, Hui LI

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Abstract

This study investigated how the Performance Indicators (PIs), a quantifiable check of school effectiveness and accountable issued by the government, was used by Chinese preschools to do self-evaluation and improvement in Hong Kong. Sixty-four representative pre-primary institutions of 15 035 children and 1 600 practitioners, and 9 project members worked collaboratively through the self-evaluation and improvement cycle within 18 months. Post-project surveys, group interviews, documentation analysis, and multiple case studies were conducted to gauge the participants’ views on the progress and problems regarding school improvement. The results indicated that: (1) the revised 7-step Chinese model of self-evaluation and improvement was workable for Hong Kong pre-primary institutions; (2) the institutions did benefit from the project and got better understanding of the PIs, reflections on children’s learning and teacher’s teaching, professional development, heightening of organizational morale and team spirit; (3) the common difficulties encountered in the processes were time limitation, lack of resources, and under-qualified teachers; and (4) the successful experiences might include strong leadership, team work with deep collaboration, school-based training, peer observation, useful instruments, and support from external advisor. The sociocontextual factors and the educational implications of these findings are discussed. Copyright © College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota. The publisher website is located at http://www.und.edu/dept/ehd
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe role of theory and research in educational practice
Place of PublicationGrand Forks, ND
PublisherCollege of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota
Pages43-66
ISBN (Print)1427637695, 9781427637697
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Citation

Wong, M. N. C., & Li, H. (2008). Using the performance indicators for preschool self evaluation and improvement: A Chinese model. In A. Kozlowska, R. Kahn, B. Kozuh, A. Kington, & J. Mazgon (Eds.), The role of theory and research in educational practice (pp. 43-66). Grand Forks, ND: College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota.

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