Principals' engagement of low ability students in Singapore secondary schools

Ong, C.H. and Dimmock, C. (2013) Principals' engagement of low ability students in Singapore secondary schools. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 41(2), pp. 214-232. (doi:10.1177/1741143212468345)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741143212468345

Abstract

This article describes a grounded theory constructed from a study of Singapore neighbourhood secondary school principals’ engagement of their lowest stream, the Normal Technical students, in their schools. This substantive theory is labelled the ‘theory of selective engagement’. It implies that how principals engage their lowest streamed students is based on the way they perceive streaming as practiced in the Singapore education system, their perception of the Normal Technical students and their personal expectations of these students. The theory proposes that principals can be classified as ‘realists/pragmatists’, ‘innovators/improvisers’ and ‘nurturers’ according to the extent they selectively engage their students in areas such as: (1) Streaming/Lateral Movement; (2) Monitoring; (3) Deployment of Resources; (4) Subject Offerings; (5) Enrichment Programmes; (6) Managing Discipline; (7) Leadership Opportunities; and (8) Treatment of Students.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimmock, Professor Clive
Authors: Ong, C.H., and Dimmock, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Educational Management Administration and Leadership
Publisher:Sage
ISSN:1741-1432
ISSN (Online):1741-1440

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