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Understanding China’s School Leadership

Interpreting the Terminology


  • Outlines key terms reflecting the characteristics and uniqueness of China’s school leadership

  • Provides readers with a holistic picture of China’s school leadership by understanding the real meaning of the terms

  • Offers insights into school leadership context of China to researchers and graduate students in this field

  • Enriches the knowledge base to analyse and interpret the phenomenon or research data regarding China's school leadership

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. China’s School Leadership: An Overview

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 1-40Open Access
  3. The Policy Regarding Principal Management

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 41-70Open Access
  4. Creating a Culture Fostering Student Development

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 71-95Open Access
  5. Guiding and Facilitating Teacher Development

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 97-124Open Access
  6. Planning School Development

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 125-162Open Access
  7. Leading the Curriculum and Instruction

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 163-197Open Access
  8. Optimizing Internal Management

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 199-229Open Access
  9. Accommodating the external environment

    • Daming Feng
    Pages 231-256Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 257-278

About this book

This open access book outlines key terms of China’s school leadership in Chinese political and legal, financial, administrative, and cultural contexts. It reveals and interprets the real meaning of these practical terms based on existing laws, government documents, school policy texts as well as the latest empirical findings from school leaders and teachers’ surveys and interviews in China. Providing a holistic picture of China’s school leadership through the unique meanings of these terms, the book offers researchers and graduate students insights into school leadership practice and its context in China. Thus, it would likely intensify readers’ knowledge base to analyse and interpret the phenomenon and research data regarding China’s school leadership.


  • China’s Education
  • School Leadership
  • Leadership Context
  • School Organizational System
  • School Policy
  • Leadership Strategies
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Teacher Development
  • Student Supervision
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

    Daming Feng

About the author

Dr. Daming Feng is Professor of Educational Administration at the Faculty of Education, East China Normal University (ECNU). He is also a research fellow at the ECNU-based National Institute of Basic Education Reform & Development, Ministry of Education (MOE) and a senior research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Leadership and Change, Hong Kong University of Education. He has served as a member of the Standing Committee of China National Academic Council for Educational Administration, as well as an expert for MOE National Key Teacher Training Programs and as the qualification reviewer for the Top-grade Teacher & Superfine Teacher, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC).

He was formerly the Associate Chairperson of the Committee for Theory Study of National Association of Adult Education, the Deputy Director of the Training Department at the National Training Center for High School Principals of MOE, secretary general of the UNESCO-APEID Associated Center at ECNU, expert for the OECD-TALIS program at Shanghai, SMEC and Dean of the College for Continuing Education and Executive Director of the Center for Teacher Development at ECNU.

In the last decade, his books, chapters, and articles concerning educational leadership, management & administration in Chinese contexts, leadership for learning in China’s disadvantaged schools, CPD for K-12 teachers, and school leadership development have been published in China, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Understanding China’s School Leadership

  • Book Subtitle: Interpreting the Terminology

  • Authors: Daming Feng

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-0555-3Published: 06 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-0783-0Published: 25 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-0749-6Published: 15 November 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 278

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Organization and Leadership, Educational Policy and Politics, School and Schooling

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)