A change in the business education curriculum at a Caritas school : possibilities and limitations
The aim of this study is to investigate whether implementing a business education curriculum would alter parental choice of secondary school. The researcher also wishes to ascertain if the new curriculum can meet the needs of students, and the Hong Kong economy.
The study was conducted with a sample size of 87 students, 10 teachers and 2 vice principals, all taken from a Caritas secondary school in the Southern District of Hong Kong.
The empirical data suggest that implementing a business curriculum has a moderately positive relationship with enhancing a secondary school's status, and thus has only a very minor impact on parental choice of secondary school. A full implementation of the business curriculum may occasion disruption in terms of the redeployment and retraining of existing teachers. Nevertheless, as business and commercial subjects are better received than science and technical subjects at the secondary school, senior teachers admit that there is room for increasing the number of business subjects, provided that negative impacts on the existing staff can be kept to a minimum.
The results also indicated that parents take a traditional view in choosing a secondary school for their child. In other words, they prefer the traditional EMI grammar school. Parents still prefer their child to study at a school which will help them to gain admission to university more easily. This result further confirms the view expressed in the interviews by teachers, that a school should
try to keep up the academic standard of students and help them to achieve a better performance in the external examinations; this is what gives parents confidence in the school. In the findings, some parents are in favor of the business education curriculum. They take the view that, even if their children cannot secure a place at university, business subjects will nevertheless help them to get a job upon their graduation from school.
To ensure the successful implementation of the new curriculum, it is essential that teachers be involved in developing the course content and activities and a professional development program be implemented. The structured interviews further confirm that in the development of the new programs, four areas of activity need to be emphasized: a) keeping up with the new developments in the professional field; b) putting new developments and insights into practice; c) reflecting on one? own performance; and d) cooperating on policies and practical matters.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:business education china hong kong curricula school choice
Date of Publication:01/01/2004