Work in progress: Implementing curriculum reform in Chinese middle schools: A pilot study
Dr Michael Wilson, School of Education, University of Leeds
Dr Wilson is Programme Leader for International Educational Management, School of Education, University of Leeds. His research interests include research capacity building in university education departments and international comparative research into education policy, organisational leadership and management, particularly in China. He has recent publications in The Encyclopedia of Modern China, Charles Scribner's Sons (2009), International Studies in Educational Administration (2010) and the British Educational Research Journal (2011).
Policy implementation and the management of change at the school level are problematic and challenging for teachers and school leaders. The presentation reports on work in progress on a pilot research project based on six school case studies in partnership with staff from the Beijing Institute of Education and Zhejiang University. The focus of the research is on the management of the implementation of recent curriculum reform in Chinese middle schools from the perspectives of school leaders and teachers in the three core subjects. The presentation is in three parts. The first reflects on issues of research design, data collection and analysis from an international comparative perspective. The second reports on some preliminary research findings with copies of drafts circulated in advance to facilitate discussion and feedback. The final part of the presentation outlines plans for further collaborative research including the development of a funding proposal.