2001．第16卷第1期（Vol. 16 No. 1）．pp. 3149
A Review and Reconceptualization of Experimental School: Implications for Education Reform in Hong Kong
Recently, experimental school has emerged as a new concept of school establishment in Hong Kong. Experimental schools emerged in the 19th century. They provided the form of education that recognized the diversities of learners. However, the evolution of it has not been explored and discussed. This study aims to review from the literature the background and rationale of experimental schools. It also aims to illuminate issues on experimental schools so as to generate different perspectives and suggest directions for application in the context of Hong Kong.
Common background and characteristics were found from reviewing the literature of experimental schools. The review suggested problems and issues that demand further attention about using experimental schools to promote reform in education. It argues that experimental schools can be a useful means to agitate educational change; however, it should be matched with the attitude change of the public so as to achieve the true value. The late development of experimental schools in Hong Kong is discussed, which bridges to the discussion of practical considerations for the setting up of experimental schools in the context of educational reform in Hong Kong.
Keywords: experimental schools; alternative education, education reform