Global characteristics of school transformation in China

Harris, Jessica, Zhao, Yong, & Caldwell, Brian (2009) Global characteristics of school transformation in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 29(4), pp. 413-427.

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In many ways, China’s education system is quite different from systems of education in the West. Rich descriptions of school transformation, however, have revealed that the factors that fuelled transformation in schools in China are also evident in schools in Australia, England, Finland, Wales and the United States. This paper draws on an international project that examined how secondary schools from six countries achieved success by developing and drawing on their resources, referred to as four forms of capital: financial, intellectual, social and spiritual. It describes how five secondary schools in Chongqing, Western China, viewed each form of capital and how the four forms of capital were strengthened and aligned through outstanding governance to support the success of all students. The case is made that, although some aspects of the forms of capital found in schools in China may be viewed differently, the approaches adopted by these schools share a number of common elements with approaches to school transformation identified in Western schools. It is argued that these common elements from a range of international settings constitute a rich evidence base for understanding school transformation and for new insights in governance and leadership.

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ID Code: 69146
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Basic Education Reform in China: Globalization with Chinese Characteristics
Keywords: Global education, School transformation, Chinese education
DOI: 10.1080/02188790903308860
ISSN: 0218-8791
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2014 23:04
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 23:04

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