Project Details

A pilot study of the new education privatization in Hong Kong secondary schools: The design, implementation and impact of an outsourced English phonics program

Governments in different parts of the world promote private participation in public education by delegating functions traditionally conducted by the state to third-party organizations. However, research has shown that the planning, implementation and outcome of public-private partnerships including outsourcing of teaching in particular are largely unmonitored. This research aims to look into the issue by trialing an analytical framework which functions as a gauging tool evaluating aspects related to quality and equity in designing and implementing purchased educational programs. The study will look at an English phonics program as a case of outsourcing of teaching, a new form of private participation in public education which has received scant academic attention worldwide. The design, implementation, and outcome of the program in a secondary school in Hong Kong will be investigated through analyzing program-related documents (e.g., meeting logs, teaching resources, lesson and program plans), interviews with staff members and students, observation notes, and pre and post test results. Findings of the study will provide insights for understanding and evaluating outsourcing of teaching.

Commencement Date : 2014/12
Completion Date : 2016/5
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Co-Investigator(s) : ADAMSON ROBERT DAMIAN 鮑勃 #
Dr KO, Yue On James 高裕安 [APCLC,EPL]
Keyword(s) : privatization of education   learning outcome   English language teaching   framework for curriculum design and implementation   outsourcing of teaching  

#Investigator who had served in EdUHK

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