Leadership and collaboration in implementing curriculum change in Hong Kong secondary schools

Bob Adamson, Annie Tong Siu Yin

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Task-based learning (TBL) was a methodological innovation in the 1999 English Language syllabus for secondary schools and the 2006 curriculum for senior secondary schools in Hong Kong, designed to replace teacher-centred, grammar-focused approaches that were identified as previously prevalent. This two-year longitudinal study analyses the implementation of TBL in three schools. It focuses on teachers' conceptions of TBL and classroom practice, and the support provided by senior management. It finds that TBL is enacted differently by individual teachers, and that the lack of senior leadership is significant in causing the innovation either to wither or to become diffuse. In some cases, problems associated with implementing TBL were addressed through the determined commitment of pioneering teachers and the collaborative efforts by staff, but change was nonetheless hampered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-189
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Classroom practice
  • Curriculum change
  • English language teaching/learning
  • Management
  • Task-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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