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Hong Kong Teachers' Perceptions of Continuing Professional Development Policies and Activities



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Hong Kong Teachers' Perceptions of Continuing Professional Development Policies and Activities by Chun-Cheong Wong
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This dissertation, "Hong Kong Teachers' Perceptions of Continuing Professional Development Policies and Activities" by Chun-cheong, Wong, 黃振昌, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled Hong Kong teachers' perceptions of continuing professional development policies and activities submitted by Wong Chun Cheong for the degree of Master of Education at the University of Hong Kong August, 2005 Teachers are faced with increasing challenges in the inundated education reform. To meet those demands, they need to adopt a new culture of learning so as to satisfy the needs of professional development. In 2003, the "Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications" has put forward a policy document named "Towards a Learning Profession: The Teacher Competencies Framework and The Continuing Professional Development of Teachers," which claims itself as a means to professionalize the teaching force. However, Hong Kong teachers' voice was consistently suppressed during the policy-making process. This study aims at revealing teachers' perception of the ideal scenario of continuing professional development, as well as how they look at effectiveness of this policy document. A qualitative approach is adopted to describe and explain teachers' perceptions, which involves inductive analysis by interpreting and making sense of data. The findings are based on questionnaires with 50 teachers, and 5 in-depth semi-structured interviews in a subsidized secondary school in Hong Kong. Findings reveal that teachers prefer participative and interactive modes of professional development activities involving a whole range of content areas, but resist bureaucratic-managerial approach in policy-making of their continuing iprofessional development. Moreover, they are frustrated by the current situation of continuing professional development which is characterized by "provider and policy-led," "competence-based" and "deficit" approach. Furthermore, they do not consider the policy document put forward in 2003 by the "Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications" to be an effective means of enhancing their own professional development because it is not relevant directly to their needs. Without teachers' recognition on the rationale and methods in the implementation of the policy, it does not have any chance of success. It is suggested that the government should consider carefully the genuine needs of schools and practitioners and more teachers should get involved in the formulation of educational policies. By uniting the discordant efforts made by the various stakeholders in teachers' professional development, it is possible to balance their conflicting interests and fulfill their diverse needs. ii DOI: 10.5353/th_b3554448 Subjects: Teacher effectiveness - China - Hong KongHigh school teachers - China - Hong Kong - Attitudes
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January 26th, 2017
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