Global characteristics of school transformation in China

Harris, Jessica, Zhao, Yong and Caldwell, Brian J. (2009) Global characteristics of school transformation in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 29 4: 413-426. doi:10.1080/02188790903308860

Author Harris, Jessica
Zhao, Yong
Caldwell, Brian J.
Title Global characteristics of school transformation in China
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0218-8791
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02188790903308860
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 413
End page 426
Total pages 14
Editor Yongbing Liu
Yanping Fang
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract 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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Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Basic Education Reform in China: Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

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