A study on the perspective of global citizenship education in general studies textbooks (upper primary)

Tsz Lok NG

Research output: Other contributionHonours Projects

Abstract

Taking the challenges of the overwhelmingly increasing globalization into account, this research aims to deal with the perspectives, including similarities and differences, of global citizenship education of Upper Primary Levels (Primary 4 to 6) General Studies textbooks in Hong Kong so that the development and trend of Hong Kong’s global citizenship education can be analyzed with support of relevant literatures. Utilizing content analysis, a qualitative research approach, frequency counts of keywords which are related to global issues appeared are studied with a table of coding categories. The textbooks 《探究小學常識》 written by Po (2015) and 《Z 世代新思維朗文常識(第三版)》 written by Lo and Lee (2015) are analyzed in order to evaluate their attempts of equipping student’s knowledge and understanding required for the increasing global problems the world faced nowadays. According to the findings, the conclusions of the research are as follows: 1. The issues discussed in textbooks are not well-balanced that the textbooks mainly focus on the problems in technology, and peace and security problems; 2. While the textbooks lack discussions over diverse global issues which teach significant universal values; and 3. The global issues are particularly concentrated at a more senior level, especially in Primary 6 textbooks. Overall, the textbooks mainly focus on global issues about technology, but not other perspectives. And to a small extent, the content selections of thematic units about GCE in these textbooks are in line with the current trend of globalization in education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) - General Studies and Mathematics (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B058
  • Course code: INS4909

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