Citizenship Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific (CERC Studies by David L. Grossman, Wing On Lee, Kerry J. Kennedy

By David L. Grossman, Wing On Lee, Kerry J. Kennedy

In line with case reviews of eleven societies on this planet s so much dynamic zone, this e-book indications a brand new path of research on the intersection of citizenship schooling and the curriculum. Following their profitable quantity, Citizenship schooling in Asia and the Pacific: innovations and concerns (published as No. 14 during this series), the editors, broadly considered as leaders within the box within the Asia-Pacific zone, have long gone past huge citizenship schooling frameworks to envision the realities, tensions and pressures that impact the formation of the citizenship curriculum. bankruptcy authors from diverse societies have addressed basic questions: (1) how is citizenship schooling featured within the present curriculum reform schedule by way of either coverage contexts and values; and (2) to what volume do the reforms in citizenship schooling mirror present debates in the society? From comparative research of those eleven case reviews the editors have stumbled on a fancy photograph of curriculum reform that shows deep tensions among worldwide and native agendas. On one hand, there's significant facts of an more and more universal coverage rhetoric within the debates approximately citizenship schooling. at the different, it really is glaring that this discourse doesn't inevitably expand to citizenship curriculum, which in so much locations is still built in line with precise social, political and cultural contexts. even if the focal point is on Islamic values in Pakistan, an rising discourse approximately chinese language democracy , a nostalgic conservatism in Australia, or a continuous nation-building venture in Malaysia the instances convey that particular social values and ideologies build nationwide citizenship curricula in Asian contexts even during this more and more globalized period. This outstanding number of case stories of a various team of societies informs and enriches realizing of the complicated courting among citizenship schooling and the curriculum either domestically and globally.

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The Centre was put under the auspices of a pro-China education body, the Federation of Education Workers, in October 2004. php). Hongkongers’ Ambivalence about National Identity The above discussion shows that efforts to strengthen national identity education have been pervasive and explicit in Hong Kong since the handover. National identity has become a public concern, although its interpretations vary greatly within the society. Since 1997 a number of polls and surveys have been conducted to tap into and track changes in Hong Kong people’s sense of national identity.

For example, the Curriculum Development Council’s Learning to Learn document is prefaced by a strong reference to the need for developing global awareness. In its opening paragraph of the first chapter, the Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council says: To cope with the challenges of the 21st Century, education in Hong Kong must keep abreast of the global trends and students have to empower themselves to learn beyond the confines of the classroom. The school curriculum, apart from helping students to acquire the necessary knowledge, should also help the younger generation to develop a global outlook, to learn how to learn and to master lifelong skills that can be used outside schools.

In this sense the reforms are radical. Yet the dominant human capital perspective underpinning them often makes them seem somewhat conservative to the educational community. What seems to be the case is that the reforms are both radical and conservative at the same time. They represent the often competing and conflicting demands of postmodernist societies. It is against this background that the future role of citizenship education can now be evaluated. Citizenship Education in an Environment of Reform The contexts that are bound to influence citizenship education—the macro economy and micro level curriculum reform—have been described in the previous sections.

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