Chien, Chu Ying and Young, Kathryn Thelma (2007) Are 'textbooks' a barrier for teacher autonomy? A case study from a Hong Kong primary school. Education and Society, 25 (2). pp. 87-102. ISSN 0726-2655
This case study provides insights into the ways in which 'textbooks' can be used during the building of professional development on a sliding scale. The evidence suggests that the use of 'textbooks' is driven by a number of factors in a reskilling process designed to support teachers in a collaborative arrangement. We argue that where a commercially produced 'textbook' is used as a supporting reference point in association with a strong 'sharing leadership' that promotes collaborative and 'a critical friend' relationships across a whole school, it is possible for 'textbooks' to be an important factor in facilitating increased teacher autonomy to plan curriculum.
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