Teachers' perception of leadership in school-based management (SBM)schools : a case study

by Lam, Yuen-kwan

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract This dissertation adopts a qualitative approach to study the perception of six secondary teachers from two schools, with a similar background and history, of leadership in school-based management (SBM) schools. The focus of the research is to explore the views of the teachers on the changes in school administration and the structure of the school under SBM; the challenges, difficulties and skills of principals; and the leadership roles of principals under SBM. The study can supplement the limited number of researches on the roles of principals in SBM schools in Hong Kong and semi-structured interviews were conducted to obtain the information. As serving teachers now play increasingly important roles in schools and they work closely with their principals in administrative and educational matters, they can provide invaluable insight into the new roles of principals. My research has uncovered the perceptions of the teachers on leadership and the education reforms in the two schools that I studied. All the teachers confirmed that the roles of principals and senior teachers had changed under SBM and decision making had become a participative activity shared among various stakeholders. Principals and teachers need to trust one another and work collaboratively in an effective manner and schools have to develop their own unique culture. The findings of this study were limited to a description of the perception of six secondary teachers of two Hong Kong schools on the leadership roles of principals as well as some of the challenges and problems their principals encountered. It is hoped that the findings could provide educators and aspiring and practicing principals some insights into other similar situations and cases, thereby assisting the interpretation of the situations. iii
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:educational leadership china hong kong school based management high teachers attitudes


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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