A narrative inquiry into schooling in China: three images of the principalship Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014, Taylor & Francis. This narrative inquiry exploring contemporary Chinese schooling involved three researchers who worked collaboratively as a team. Each researcher resonated with a different image of the principalship embedded in the storied account proffered by Xu Xiaozhang , leader of Hexie Elementary School in Tianjin, China. (1) Principal as the lead teacher; (2) principal as an agent of a harmonious learning community; and (3) principal as a teacher-maker were the images Principal Xu held and expressed. In the interpretive analysis, Xu Xiaozhangs images of principal were nested one within the other in ways that brought Deweyan pragmatism and Confucian thought fruitfully together. The subtle nuances of the images provide an upclose view of schooling on one elementary campus in China that is of international interest and value.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Curriculum Studies

author list (cited authors)

  • Craig, C. J., Zou, Y., & Poimbeauf, R. P.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Craig, Cheryl J||Zou, Yali||Poimbeauf, Rita P

publication date

  • January 2015