Effective Educational Leadership in Mainland China
It also examined how they perceived contemporary Western leadership ideas and Western approaches to teaching and learning. The site of the offshore program is in China, and therefore an introduction about the Chinese educational context is important for setting the context of the study. Education enjoys a priority role in the national development agenda in contemporary China. It is regarded as the basis for knowledge-acquisition, popularisation and application, as well as a cradle for nurturing people with innovative spirits. It is now generally believed by the Chinese educational authorities and scholars that the most precious resource in the economy in the new century is not the latest technology; it is people.
Thus, as a result of the longstanding paternalistic culture that still exists in Chinese schools, the principal’s willingness and efforts to put into practice some form of distributed leadership at School W were being blocked by the conservative work habits of the middle managers.
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