Schools and the law: emerging legal issues internationally with implications for school leaders in Singapore

Teh, Mui-Kim (2008) Schools and the law: emerging legal issues internationally with implications for school leaders in Singapore. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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[Abstract]: Singapore schools had encountered little involvement with legal issues in the past, and there had been a general feeling of complacency amongst educators that the situation was unlikely to change. Yet many English-speaking countries across the world had been experiencing increasing exposure to legal issues in their schools, and the question was whether Singapore was likely to share the same experience over time. Strong indications were beginning to appear that the situation was indeed changing, including a number of reported incidents in schools and evidence of changing attitudes
amongst parents and educators.

The study set out, therefore, to examine the types of legal issues that were emerging on the international scene, and particularly in the major jurisdictions with
relevance to Singapore, and to understand what the implications might be for Singapore. Thus, it was intended to identify the legal issues that seemed likely to
become more prominent in the Singapore education system, to draw comparisons with events in other countries, and to examine the strategies that school leaders might adopt
in order to manage legal risk effectively.

This exploratory study used a mixed-method design, including document analysis and legal research, exploratory pilot interviews, in-depth interviews with verbatim transcription, and Q Methodology, which combined quantitative and qualitative techniques in order to interrogate and understand opinion. The study was conducted in four phases, moving from a broad survey of developments internationally, through a detailed analysis of issues in Singapore schools, to a deep understanding of the strategy preferences for coping with legal risk amongst senior educators. This then gave rise to a
set of recommendations that could be used by policy makers and implementers, and by senior personnel in schools, to avert and manage legal risk and incidence in schools.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Albion, Peter; Varnham, Sally
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 05:45
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 02:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: schools; law; legal; school leaders; Singapore
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180116 International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4805 Legal systems > 480506 Litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500104 Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership

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