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Governance and Citizenship in Asia

School Leadership, Citizenship Education and Politics in China

Experiences from Junior Secondary Schools in Shanghai

Authors: Xu, Shuqin

  • Clarifies the complex relationship between Chinese school leaders and the Chinese Communist Party-led state as regards leadership in citizenship education
    Proposes a theoretical framework for understanding school leadership in citizenship education in the Chinese context
    Reveals how school leadership in citizenship education is shaped by multi-believed contexts and the interplays between macro- and micro-political actors 

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This book examines and theorizes the dynamics and complexities of leadership in citizenship education in junior secondary schools in Shanghai, China. Specifically, it examines from a macro- and micro-political theoretical perspective the interactions between principals and school party secretaries (SPSs), and how they respond to the demands of macro- and micro-political actors. This qualitative empirical research found four major school leadership/citizenship education scenarios in which principals and SPSs addressed the interests of different macro- and micro-political actors. Moreover, principals and SPSs enjoyed a complicated working relationship at the micro-political (school) level in which they collaborated to fulfill their responsibilities and respond to school macro- and micro-political actors, while competing for power over leadership in citizenship education. Principals’ and SPSs’ leadership in citizenship education was shaped by inter-related factors, including diverse influences in a multi-leveled world, the integration of politics and education, the demands of macro- and micro-political actors, and personal factors. To interpret these findings, this study proposes a theoretical framework for understanding leadership in citizenship education in China as a political exercise. This theoretical framework is useful for understanding the complexity of school and citizenship education leadership, the micro-political relationship between Chinese principals and SPSs, and their dynamic and complex interactions with macro- and micro-political actors.

About the authors

Shuqin Xu graduated from Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong in 2013. Currently, she is  a lecturer in Sun Yat-Sen University. Her main research areas include school leadership, citizenship education, education policy, education and social change in China.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Xu, Shuqin

    Pages 1-7

  • CE and School Leadership: Theoretical Perspectives

    Xu, Shuqin

    Pages 9-42

  • Social Change, School Leadership, and CE in China: A Historical Review

    Xu, Shuqin

    Pages 43-68

  • A General Picture of School Leadership and CE in Shanghai

    Xu, Shuqin

    Pages 69-87

  • School Leaders’ Perceptions and Responses to the CPC-Led State’s Policies and Requirements: Four Major Scenarios

    Xu, Shuqin

    Pages 89-110

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-1643-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-1641-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
School Leadership, Citizenship Education and Politics in China
Book Subtitle
Experiences from Junior Secondary Schools in Shanghai
Authors
Series Title
Governance and Citizenship in Asia
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-1643-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1643-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-1641-7
Series ISSN
2365-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 195
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics