2010．第38卷第2期（Vol. 38 No. 2）．pp. 4169
The Role of School Development Officers as Agents of School Improvement in the Context of University-School Partnership: Revisiting the Notion of “Expert” and “Partner”
陳可兒、李文浩、黃顯華（Pauline Ho-Yee CHAN, Antony Man-Ho LI, & Hin-Wah WONG）
In the past few decades, an abundance of research effort was drawn to investigate the role of external change agents bringing about positive changes to school in the context of university-school partnership. No matter what titles given to external change agents, their roles have been widely recognized as “experts” and “partners,” with the former mainly as figures of authority and the latter as working affiliates with shared goals and accountability. School teachers’ expectation and perception of these roles are also found to be influenced by various factors, and would evolve along the course of collaboration. This article examines the process of role negotiation of school development officers in collaborating with schools under the Quality School Improvement Project (QSIP), a large-scale university-school partnership project for school improvement in Hong Kong. In the form of narrative inquiry, the article attempts to provide a contextualized basis in Chinese setting for further discussion of the roles of “expert” and “partner,” which is of crucial importance both to the enrichment of recent literature, and the success of any university-school partnership project.
Keywords: university-school partnership; role negotiation; narrative inquiry