At the beginning of 21st century, a series of educational reforms were enacted in accordance with societal developments. The Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council issued the Chinese Language Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 to Primary 6), Primary School Chinese Language Learning recommendations (Amendment trial version), and The Revised Primary School Chinese Language Curriculum: Learning Modules Design (sample). For the Chinese language education section, the curriculum development institute, education bureau of Hong Kong, published the Primary Chinese Language Courses and Learning Module Design: Theory and Primary Chinese Language Courses and Learning Module Design: Practice. This study evaluates the concepts in the Primary Chinese Language Courses and Learning Module Design: Theory from the perspectives of system theory, subject theory, structure of ideology, cognitive theory, and curriculum theory. Additional factors, such as learning objectives and curriculum structure, in the Chinese Language Curriculum Guide are examined. The author elucidates these issues for Chinese language educators to improve Chinese language curriculum reform.This study shows that school-based curriculum planning in the Primary Chinese Language Courses and Learning Module Design: Theory is too general and does not provide answers for specific problems. Most teaching problems, therefore, are not explained or discussed in the book. This leads to unclear concepts, incomplete learning structures, and illogicalities in the design and structure of the learning modules and in the organization of the illustrations and graphs. The results of this study suggest that these problems can be solved if the Primary Chinese Language Courses and Learning Module Design: Theory clearly defines the nature of Chinese language curriculum and focuses on skill-based training in the curriculum guide. Copyright © 2012 國立臺灣師範大學.
- Primary school Chinese language
- Hong Kong
- School-based curriculum planning
- Learning module design
- Alt. title: Evaluation of primary school-based curriculum planning in Hong Kong: A case study on primary school based Chinese curriculum and examples of learning unit design