Principal Leadership in Taiwan Schools

Principal Leadership in Taiwan Schools

by Roger C. Shouse, Kuan-Pei Lin


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During the past two decades, Taiwan's Ministry of Education has responded to globalization by restructuring school curricular, instructional, and decision making practices along western lines in an attempt to attain legitimacy on the world stage. As a result, Taiwanese principals, once kings within their schools, now must share power with other school stakeholders. In the process, these principals are held responsible for implementing reform measures that tend to damage trust and confidence in the system among local stakeholders because they cut against longstanding social and organizational norms. Principal Leadership in Taiwan Schools examines principals' adjustment to their new leadership role, highlighting the pervasive tensions between collegial forms of leadership with more authoritative, top-down models common to East Asian countries. Such dilemmas are becoming increasingly common, not only in Taiwan but in other nations including the U.S. Shouse and Lin examine them based on a review of Taiwan's past and recent history of school reform, principal interviews, and school observations. The authors' knowledge and experience as researchers and teachers in Taiwan's educational system allow them to provide insightful perspectives on how to balance this precarious shift of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442206168
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2010
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roger C. Shouse has been an educator for 35 years. He spent a year as a visiting professor at Taiwan's National Pingtung University of Education and is currently an Associate Professor of Education in the Pennsylvania State University College of Education. Kuan-Pei Lin earned her B.Ed. in Educational Psychology & Counseling at the National Taiwan Normal University, her M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been an assistant professor in the Graduate Institute of Educational Administration at the National Pingtung University of Education in Taiwan since 2005.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction and Rationale 1

2 Western Concepts and Chinese Contrasts 15

3 Taiwan's Education System and Its Recent Reforms 35

4 Voices of Taiwan School Principals 53

5 Discussion and Implications 87

Notes 103

References 107

Index 113

About the Authors 117

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