Are 'textbooks' a barrier for teacher autonomy? A case study from a Hong Kong primary school

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

Abstract

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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Depositing User: Dr Kathryn Young
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 10:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: textbook; case study; Hong Kong; teacher autonomy
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7236

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