Conditions and practices of successful principalship in Shanghai

Kam‐cheung Wong (Centre for Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

Aims to study successful school principals in China and to provide details of some unique features of the Chinese educational system that both support and constrain principals and their management of schools.

Design/methodology/approach

Examines the philosophy and practice of new principals of two schools, both in Shanghai, but at opposite ends of the quality spectrum. Eastern Senior High School, a municipal key school, is one of the best schools in Shanghai. Northern Junior High School was a failing school in the 1980s.

Findings

The two principals studied were successful in creating the setting for drastic improvement in their schools. Eastern Senior High School was at its low tide when the new principal arrived. Through some innovative ideas in sports and music, he succeeded in revitalizing the school and moved it from the bottom five to one of the top ten of the 26 municipal key schools in Shanghai. Northern Junior High School was a failing school in the 1980s. There, the new principal came in 1994 and in subsequent years completely changed the school.

Originality/value

Illustrates that the concept of successful school developed by one principal and his team was simple: create continuous success experiences for students.

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Citation

Wong, K. (2005), "Conditions and practices of successful principalship in Shanghai", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 43 No. 6, pp. 552-562. https://doi.org/10.1108/09578230510625656

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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