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What is quality education? How can it be achieved? The perspectives of school middle leaders in Singapore

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This paper presents the findings of a research project that examines how middle leaders in Singapore schools understand ‘quality education’ and how they think quality education can be achieved. From the perspective of these middle leaders, quality education emphasises holistic development, equips students with the knowledge and skills for the future, inculcates students with the right values and imbues students with a positive learning attitude. Quality education is delivered by good teachers, enabled by good teaching and learning processes and facilitated by a conducive learning environment. The challenge of achieving quality education is to find the balance between lofty ideals and ground realities. One critical implication of the research findings is that policymakers should appeal to the ideals of practitioners to drive change.

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Ng, P.T. What is quality education? How can it be achieved? The perspectives of school middle leaders in Singapore. Educ Asse Eval Acc 27, 307–322 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11092-015-9223-8

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Keywords

  • Singapore
  • School leadership
  • Middle leaders
  • Quality education
  • Teachers
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Learning environment
  • Change