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How successful secondary school principals in England respond to policy reforms: the influence of biography (2018)
Journal Article
Day, C., & Gu, Q. (2018). How successful secondary school principals in England respond to policy reforms: the influence of biography. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 17(3), 332-344. doi:10.1080/15700763.2018.1496339

This article examines how values embedded in the biographies of principals of successful schools influence their responses to systemic policy reforms. Drawing on examples from two secondary principals with similarly strong moral purposes but contrast... Read More

An emotional journey of identity change and transformation: The impact of study-abroad experience on the lives and careers of Chinese students and returnees (2015)
Journal Article
Gu, Q. (2015). An emotional journey of identity change and transformation: The impact of study-abroad experience on the lives and careers of Chinese students and returnees. Learning and Teaching, 8(3), doi:10.3167/latiss.2015.080304. ISSN 1755-2273

This article discusses the nature of Chinese students' transnational experiences and its impact on their identities within and beyond national and cultural boundaries. The discussion is located in the theoretical framework of transnationalism and exp... Read More

Transnational connections, competences and identities: experiences of Chinese international students after their return ‘home’ (2015)
Journal Article
Gu, Q., & Schweisfurth, M. (2015). Transnational connections, competences and identities: experiences of Chinese international students after their return ‘home’. British Educational Research Journal, 41(6), doi:10.1002/berj.3175. ISSN 0141-1926

International students constitute a substantial and growing mobile population globally. However, as yet, the experiences of returnees and the ways in which their overseas studies impact on their identity and professional and personal lives over time... Read More

The role of relational resilience in teachers’ career-long commitment and effectiveness (2014)
Journal Article
Gu, Q. (2014). The role of relational resilience in teachers’ career-long commitment and effectiveness. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 20(5), doi:10.1080/13540602.2014.937961. ISSN 1354-0602

At a time when the contemporary landscape of teaching is populated with successive and persisting government policy reforms that have increased teachers’ external accountabilities, work complexity, and emotional workload, understanding why and how ma... Read More

Using mixed methods to investigate school improvement and the role of leadership: an example of a longitudinal study in England (2014)
Journal Article
Sammons, P., Davis, S., Day, C., & Gu, Q. (2014). Using mixed methods to investigate school improvement and the role of leadership: an example of a longitudinal study in England. Journal of Educational Administration, 52(5), doi:10.1108/JEA-10-2013-0121. ISSN 0957-8234

Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to discuss the use of mixed methods research in a major three year project and focuses on the contribution of quantitative and qualitative approaches to study school improvement. It discusses the procedures and mu... Read More