Understanding Leadership for Capacity Building in Hong Kong Preschools

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Principal Investigator
Dr. Dora Ho
Research Fellow of APCLC,
The Education University of Hong Kong
Funding Source
Internal Research Grant, HKIEd


The government of Hong Kong announced in the 2006–2007 Policy Address that development grants for preschools have been provided to hire outside experts to give support on quality improvement. As a result, there has been a substantial increase in university involvement in upgrading the quality of service of local preschools in recent years. The opportunities for this school-based support will provide an avenue for preschool principals and teachers to build their capacity for school improvement. The project aims to explore the leadership practice for capacity building in the process of curriculum change in local preschool settings through a case study. Semi-structure interviews with school consultant, principal, teacher leaders and teachers are used for data collection. 

  1. To identify the roles and functions of school consultancy support programme in the process of curriculum change in the context of Hong Kong early childhood education;
  2. To understand the process and practice of leadership for building capacity in the change process;
  3. To identify the conditions and factors that promote and impede the process of capacity building.