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Chinese Name: 甘國臻

Variants: Kennedy, K., Kennedy, K. J.

Professor Kerry Kennedy is currently Professor Emeritus, Advisor (Academic Development) and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he was Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies, Director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development and Associate Vice-Presdient (Quality Assurance) at the then Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Prior to comming to Hong Kong in 2001, he was Assistant Director of the Australian Government's Curriculum Development Centre, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Univeristy of Southern Queensland, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at The Australian National Univeristy and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra where he was also Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic).    

He did his undergraduate studies and initial professional education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Letters degree in Australian History from the University of New England. He completed an MA and PhD at Stanford University. His research interests are in curriculum policy and theory with a special interest in civic and citizenship education.

He has won research grants from the Australian Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Hong Kong SAR Government's Central Policy Unit. His most recent research project (funded by the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government), was concerned with youth radicalism in Hong Kong. He completed a project on refugee  and asylum seeker policy in Hong Kong for the Central Policy Unit in 2015.

He published Changing Schools for Changing Times - New Directions for the School Curriculum in Hong Kong (Chinese University Press, 2005) now translated into Chinese (解讀香港教育:香港學校課程的新趨勢 - Chinese University Press, 2011). He co-authored (with Professor John Chi Kin Lee) Changing Schools in Asia: Schools for the Knowledge Society (Routledge, 2010). He  co-edited (with  Dr Gregory Fairbrother and Dr Zhao Zhenzhou) Chinese Citizenship Education: Preparing Citizens for the "Chinese Century" (Routledge, 2014).  His co-authored book with Laurie Brady, Curriculum Construction, is now in its 6th Edition (Pearson Education, 2018)    He co-edited (with Professor Andeas Brunold), Regional Contexts for Citizenship Education in Asia and Europe (Routledge,2015). In 2016, he co-authored with Dr Miron Bhowmik, Out-of-School Ethnic Minority Young People in Hong Kong, for Springer. He co-edited with Professor John Lee Theorizing Teaching and Learning in Asia and Europe-A Conversation between Chinese Curriculum and European Didactics (Routledge, 2017)He worked with Professors Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz and Anna Zalewska editing Young People and Active Citizenship in Post-Soviet Times: A Challenge for Citizenship Education, published in 2018.  He is the Co-Editor (with Professor John Chi Kin Lee) of the Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia that was launched at the International Conference of the Korean Association for Multicultural Education in Seoul, Korea in May 2018. His most recent book is Civic and Citizenship Education in Volatile Times: Preparing Young People for Citizenship in the 21st Century, published by Springer in 2019. He is currently working with Professor MO Kyung Hwan from Seoul National Univeristy on a new book, Social Studies Education in East Asia’s High Performing Education Systems: Beyond Technical Competence that will be published in 2020. He is also working with Professor Javier Calvo de Mora from the Univeristy of Granada on an edited book, Schools and Informal Learning in a Knowledge-Based World, that will also be published in 2020. He is collaborating with Professor John Chi Kin Lee on a new book, Religious Education in Asia: Diversity in Globalized Times for the Routledge Series on Life and Values Education.  

He is the Series Editor of the Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia, thAsia-Europe Education Dialogue Series, the Perspectives on Education in Africa Series and the Springerbriefs Series on Civic and Citizenship Education in the 21st Century. He is Co- Series Editor of the Springer Series on Governance and Citizenship in Asia and the Routledge Series on Life and Values Education.  He is the former Editor of Curriculum Perspectives, the journal of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association, and former Co-Editor of Educational Studies.  In 2012 he was the Co-Winner of the Richard M. Wolf Memorial Award for educational research presented by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. He was the recipient of the Childrens Identity and Citizenship Education European Associations' (CiCea) Outstanding Achievement Award for 2018.  He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Life Member of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association.  


Research interests

Civic & Citizenship Education / Curriculum Policy & Theory

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Asian students' informal civic learning: Can it enhance civic knowledge and values?

KENNEDY, K. J. & KUANG, X., 2020, Schools and informal learning in a knowledge-based world. DE MORA, J. C. & KENNEDY, K. J. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 83-98

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Conclusion: Open schools and shared responsibilities: Integrating informal and formal learning in 21st-century schools

    DE MORA, J. C. & KENNEDY, K. J., 2020, Schools and informal learning in a knowledge-based world. DE MORA, J. C. & KENNEDY, K. J. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 203-215

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Editorial: Civic learning for alienated, disaffected and disadvantaged students: Measurement, theory and practice

    KUANG, X., ZHU, J. & KENNEDY, K. J., 2020, In : Educational Psychology. 40, 2, p. 141-145

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Religious and ethnic identification of minoritized youth in Hong Kong: Exploring acculturation outcomes

    CHEUNG, H. W., BHOWMIK, M. K., KENNEDY, K. J., NG, H. Y. & HUE, M. T., 2020, Handbook of research on citizenship and heritage education. DELGADO-ALGARRA, E. J. & CUENCA-LÓPEZ, J. M. (eds.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global, p. 331-350

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter