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Selected Development Project
 
Project Title

The Civic mission of schools: Citizenship education, democratic school governance and students’ participation

 
Principal Investigator Dr Leung, Yan Wing
 
Area of Research Project
Public Policy Studies
 
Project Period
From 10/2012 To 09/2015
Objectives
  • To study and explain whether and how the current education policies on school governance in Hong Kong support the development of participatory citizenship;
  • To explore how the key personnel and school leaders involved in school governance perceive citizenship, participatory school governance and their role in nurturing participatory citizens;
  • To study how the students understand citizenship and school civic missions and how they recognize the impact of participatory school governance on their development as participatory citizens. 
Methods Used
  • This study involves both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Table1: Methods in data collection and analysis

    Data collection

    Date types

    Data analysis

    Questionnaire survey of school leaders, teachers and students

    Quantitative

    SPSS, AMOS

    Case study (5 secondary schools)

    School policy document collection

    Qualitative

    NVIVO

    Interviews with school leaders, relevant teachers and students

    Qualitative

    NVIVO

    Observation of meetings and other relevant school activities

    Qualitative

    NVIVO

    Checklist on school ethos

    Quantitative

    SPSS, AMOS

    Policy analysis

    Interview with relevant policy makers

    Qualitative

    NVIVO

    Policy documentary analysis

    Qualitative

    NVIVO

Summary of Findings
  • Reveal the picture of students’ participation in school governance in Hong Kong
  • Identify the facilitating and hindering factors affecting students’ participation in school governance.
  • Identify the relationship between students’ participation in school governance and students’ citizenship development
  • To explore the differences of the ideologies of citizenship and civic education among students, teachers and school leaders.
Impact
  • Enrich the literature on participatory school governance and the relationship between nurturing participatory citizens and the democratisation of school governance.
  • Provide suggestions for education policymakers in formulating policies that promote participatory citizenship among young people through students’ participation in school governance.
  • It will offer valuable references to school practitioners in promoting participatory school governance.
Output
  • Leung, Y.W., Yuen, T.W.W., Cheng, E.C.K. & Chow, J.K.F. (2014). Realizing Civic Mission of School through Students’ Participation in School Governance, Journal of Social Science Education. Submitted.
Biography of Principal Investigator
Dr. Leung Yan Wing (箦a ) is an associate professor of The Department of Education Policy and Leadership, the co-director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, and the coordinator of the Education Policy Forum of the Institute. Dr. Leung got his PhD in national education from the University of Sydney. Currently he researches and teaches mainly on civic education, human rights education, national education, values education, civic missions of schools, political socialization, students’ participation, civil society and educational policies. Dr. Leung has published widely in international, regional and local journals, presented papers in many international and local conferences. He has been involved in many internally and externally funded projects and consultative work with schools. Dr. Leung has led projects preparing teaching packages for schools. He also engages actively in public policies debates in local media. In addition, Dr. Leung participates actively in civil society both locally and internationally. He is the coordinator of the Hong Kong Alliance for Civic Education, an executive member of the CIVITAS International and a founder of the Asian Network of Human Rights Education.
Funding Source

General Research Fund