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Volume 8 (2008), Pages 1027-1036
Research Article

What Makes a Good Program? A Case Study of a School Admitting High Academic Achievers

Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 17 June 2008; Revised 10 July 2008; Accepted 8 August 2008

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2008 Ching Man┬áLam.


This paper reports the results of a qualitative study that explored the administration and implementation of the Tier 1 Program (Secondary 1 Curriculum) of the Project P.A.T.H.S. The case study method was used to explore perceptions of the teachers and the project coordinator of program effectiveness, and to identify various factors for program success. A school admitting high academic achievers was selected, and site visits, as well as individual and focus group interviews, were conducted with the program coordinator, social worker, and course teachers. The results suggested that clear vision and program goals, high quality of curriculum, helpful leadership, positive teacher attitude, and strong administrative support are factors for program success. Analyzing the data enables the researchers to understand the characteristics of a successful program as well as the interplay among factors for producing success.