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Values, priorities and responses: Comparing English headteachers' and Hong Kong principals' perceptions of their work

Bottery, Mike; Ngai, George; Wong, Ping Man; Wong, Ping Ho

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Mike Bottery

George Ngai

Ping Man Wong

Ping Ho Wong



Abstract

This article investigates the perceptions of English headteachers and Hong Kong principals on the kinds of pressures that they believed affected the way they did their job, and in particular the degree to which they felt their governments were affecting their leadership role. The research utilised semi-structured interviews to generate written ‘portraits’ of these individuals, which were then examined to answer questions about current pressures. The findings suggested that (1) there was considerable variation in the manner these individuals responded to key issues; (2) all individuals prioritised local concerns, and particularly with consideration to the children in their care; (3) there was a greater sense of embattlement from the English headteachers and a more critical approach to legislation, than from the Hong Kong principals, though with considerable individual variation in the degree of overt resistance shown; (4) whilst current educational reforms in Hong Kong seemed to favour the development of creativity more than those in England, there was within both national contexts evidence of the damaging effects of the pace and quantity of reforms.

Citation

Bottery, M., Ngai, G., Wong, P. M., & Wong, P. H. (2013). Values, priorities and responses: Comparing English headteachers' and Hong Kong principals' perceptions of their work. School Leadership and Management, 33(1), 43-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2012.740798

Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2012
Publication Date Feb 1, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal School leadership and management
Print ISSN 1363-2434
Electronic ISSN 1364-2626
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 1
Pages 43-60
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2012.740798
Keywords English headteachers
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/437196
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13632434.2012.740798
Copyright Statement ©2016 the Authors
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in School leadership and management on 08 Nov 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13632434.2012.740798.

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