Citizenship education in a Hong Kong secondary school

by Wai, Kit-lan

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract

This study aims at exploring citizenship education in a Hong Kong secondary school. The research was based on a case study, focusing upon both the intended and implemented curriculum in the case school. It further tried to identify the gap between the intended and implemented curriculum and fmd out why there is such a gap.

The fmdings drawn from the questionnaires, interviews, lesson observation and document analysis were triangulated to enhance the validity and reliability of the study. The results of the research indicated that the gap between the intended curriculum and the implemented one in the case school is relatively large. The data further revealed that teachers "as agent for change" play an extremely important role in implementation of a curriculum, be it old or new. Though it is correct to a certain extent that "successful implementation of a curriculum renewal depends largely on congruent conceptual understanding of the theories and principles underpinning the curriculum design between the designers and implementers" (Wong and Pang, 2000), the researcher does believe that both the competency and integrity of teachers weight more. It is because if teachers lack either competency or integrity, they could not implement the curriculum effectively regardless how well they understand the theories and concepts underpinning the curriculum.

The researcher further discussed certain implications for further research in light of the change of political climate since July 1 mass protest and challenges of globalization. It is hoped that this study may shed some light on the case school.


Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:civics study and teaching secondary china hong kong casestudies


Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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