Quality management of extracurricular activities in Hong Kong secondary schools
thesisposted on 15.12.2014, 10:43 by Wing Hong. Tsang
This study is the first territory-wide research into the quality management issues of extracurricular activities (ECA) involving the whole population of the frontline ECA masters/mistresses in Hong Kong secondary schools. Survey was the major research method which was triangulated and supplemented by elite interviews and case studies. The two case studies involved an investigation into a unique Hong Kong secondary school using an extension curriculum to replace traditional ECA, and a study into the only school in Hong Kong adopting the ISO9002 quality assurance system in school management. In this study, effective ECA quality management practices were recognized while management deficiencies and quality gaps were identified. The modes of practice in ECA management, and the factors hindering ECA development, were also identified. The perception of management quality in the serving schools from the perspectives of the ECA masters/mistresses, in terms of "ECA management" and "ECA quality and quantity", was analyzed. This study also challenged the dichotomy of the formal and informal curricula in Hong Kong school education, and criticized the existing examination-oriented and academic-focussed education culture. The findings in this study were scrutinized and discussed with literature concerning Total Quality Management and ECA management. A list of innovative ECA items in Hong Kong secondary schools was generated. For ECA quality assurance, an effective school-based ECA quality management model has been introduced with a model for ECA curriculum development. Finally there were recommendations for improving ECA management and suggestions for further research.