Trained in the field of Business Management and Marketing and having worked in the commercial sector, Paula is particularly interested in investigating the application of business theories and practices in educational contexts. Her most recent research projects include the work lives and job satisfaction of vice principals, principal recruitment and selection, and organizational culture. She has published in both educational and business journals. In addition to teaching, she has been involved in a number of management consultancy and training projects contracted by Hong Kong SAR Government, public bodies and commercial institutions. These include the Lands Department HKSAR, Land Registry HKSAR, Hong Kong Community Chest, City University of Hong Kong, Bank of China(Hong Kong), Shanghai Commercial Bank, HMV Hong Kong, and Sun Hung Kai Properties.
Kwan, P. & Wong, Y.L. (2016). Parental involvement in schools and class inequality in education: some recent findings from Hong Kong. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 11(2), 91-102 .
Kwan, P. & Li, Y.B. (2016). Striving for a way out from a rock and a hard place – Vice-principals’ development in Hong Kong. The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 5(3), 239-252.
Kwan, P. (2016). The Effect of Trust on the Relationship between Instructional Leadership and Student Outcomes in Hong Kong Secondary Schools. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 25(1), 111-121.
Kwan, P. and Li, Y.B. (2015). Empowerment or Impediment? School governance in the school-based management era in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35(3), 319-330.
Kwan, P. & Tam, F. (2015). A study of the relationship between governance and school effectiveness in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Science & Human Behavior Study, 2 (1), 28-31.
Mentor teachers in Hong Kong: What they need and how they grow?
Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals (2015-2017)
Support Programme on Fostering Communities of Practice to Enhance Small Class Teaching
Structured Support Programme (2014/15) for NAPs of Primary Schools in the Cohort 2013/14
Structured Support Programme (2014/15) for NAPs of Secondary & Special Schools in the Cohort 2013/14
Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals (2013-2015)
Shen Zhen & Hong Kong Principals' Forum 2013
The Passage from Teaching to Administration - the Socialisation process of Hong Kong Assistant Principals
The Socialisation of Hong Kong Assistant School Principals
Programme for School Principals on Legal Matters in the School Context (2011-2012)
Course for School Managers on Legal Matters to Enhance School-based Management (2011-2012)
Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals (2009-2011)
An investigation of the Human Resources Management Systems in Hong Kong Schools - An Exploratory Study
Assistant Principals in Hong Kong Secondary Schools: Their Worklives and Preparation for the Principalship - A Longitudinal Investigation