Learning to Be Political: Micropolitical Leadership in a Taiwanese Primary School

By Hsin-Jen Chen.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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Primary schooling in Taiwan is in a process of radical restructuring during the decade. At the centre of these restructuring is the position of the principal and questions to do with how principals, as school leaders, respond to radical change. Adopting a case-study approach, the study chose a middle Taiwanese primary school to investigate how the principal leant to be political. Using micropolitical leadership, the principal at the researched site successfully coped with internal change and external demands. Continuing learning for leadership is the core of working as a principal. The study adopted the qualitative approach to gather data through interviews and focus group discussions. The research findings revealed three dimensions of micropolitical literacy in leadership for Taiwanese elementary principals including cognitive, operational and experiential dimensions. The study suggests elementary principals in Taiwan should cultivate micropolitical literacy in leadership during the period of principal preparation.

Keywords: school leadership, micropolitics, micropolitical leadership

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.57-69. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 371.350KB).

Prof. Hsin-Jen Chen

Professor, Center for Teacher Education, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Hsin-Jen Chen earned his PhD degree in Cambridge University in the UK in 2004. He is now a professor in the Centre for Teachers Education at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He teaches the subjects of micropolitics of schools, educational administration, school organization and behaviour, and educational policy. He has recently become involved with two NSC research projects: Micropolitical Literacy Scale; and Becoming Multicultural Science Teachers: Constructing MSE Instruction / Curriculum / Networks and MSL Scale / Guide