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Formulating a principal performance management system for primary and junior high schools in Taiwan.

Cheng, Hsin-Hui. 2006. Formulating a principal performance management system for primary and junior high schools in Taiwan. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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In globally competitive circumstances promotion of education quality has become regarded as a crucial national activity with New Public Management ideas gaining prominence in school management policies. Head teachers or principals are now seen as critical leaders in schools and increasing their capabilities for professional leadership and management and performance through principal performance management (PPM) has received increasing attention. In Taiwan, following recent, massive political and social change, educational reforms have reshaped a new context in which principals have encountered a great deal of challenge and role change. Issues of PPM have rarely been explored in Taiwan. The purpose of the study is, hopefully, to formulate a PPM system from literature review and empirical research to provide reference points for its policy makers. The former was mainly focused on conceptual analysis of PPM, including the possible bearing of philosophical paradigms and psychological and administrative theories and the experience of PPM conducted in Britain and New Zealand, as well as its precursor in principal appraisal in Taiwan. From these a possible PPM model and its elements have been delineated. The latter was conducted by methodological triangulation which combined questionnaire survey of 392 educational administrators and principals of primary and junior high schools in 23 counties/cities in Taiwan, followed by in-depth interviews with 24 stakeholders chosen purposively from three counties/cities. It is suggested that Taiwanese administrators and principals would generally welcome a well planned, cyclical PPM system designed to help principals promote their professional capabilities and performance whose rationale was improvement-orientated accountability emphasising consensual objectives, cooperative partnership, shared commitment and sustainable development toward integrating individual and school objectives and the professional development and performance of principals. Suggestions are put forth to policy makers for setting up a practicable PPM policy aimed at integrating the HRM of principals and promotion of educational quality.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
ISBN: 9781303175022
Funders: Taiwan Ministry of Education
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 23:22

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