EjSBS - The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

Online ISSN: 2301-2218
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Changing Policy, Legislation and its Effects on Pedagogic Leadership in China


The relationship between school development and changing policy is in constant flux which adds to the complexity of school leadership. Based on investigation of the theories surrounding pedagogical leadership, the main purpose of this study explores the development of pedagogic leadership in schools providing compulsory education under current policies. A semi-structured interview was used on 30 head teachers from Sichuan Province in China who participated in this study. Results show that the current educational policies in China are supportive of the development of pedagogic leadership, and four dimensions of pedagogic leadership are significantly affected by changing policies. Despite that, the education policy implementation processes do not always support school development. The picture that emerges is beginning to show the distinct concept of Chinese education policy. However, as there still exist gaps to access supportive pedagogic leadership in China, there is a growing need to pay more attention to its effective and sustainable development.

Keywords: Policyschool developmentpedagogic leadershipeffectspolicy implementation

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Published online: 30.08.2016
Pages: 174-187
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 17, Issue 3
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.190
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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