An analysis of global citizenship education in upper primary general studies textbooks

Yi Kwan KAM

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


In response to the 21st century challenges, Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is given emphasis in the current curriculum (Po, et al. 2007). In Hong Kong, it is mainly infused into the G.S. curriculum (Lo, et al., 2006). Besides, Pingel (2010) mentioned that textbooks are the tools for fostering global understanding. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to review the contents of G.S. textbooks from the perspective of GCE in HK and find out how different G.S. textbooks define GCE in HK under three dimensions: knowledge, skills, attitude and values.
This study used content analysis, a qualitative approach, to analyze three sets of upper primary G.S. textbooks by coding and interviewing. The textbooks are《今日常識新領域》edited by Dr. Chai Yip Wai Lin and Dr. Cheng Nga Yee,《朗文常識》(第三版)edited by Dr. Lo Tin Yau and Ms. Lee Shuk Chong, and《小學常識》edited by New Asia Publishing House Ltd editor committee.
It has been found that cognitive dimension is the focus of the G.S. textbooks for teaching GCE, which place particular emphasis on the global issues, but place less emphasis on the global history and geography. Under socio-emotional and behavioral dimension, all GCE skills, values and attitudes are covered. Nonetheless, they are hardly developed through textbooks since most of them are promoted through different activities, that are supported by the teachers and schools.
This study would have implications for collating the contents of the G.S. textbooks from the perspective of GCE, guiding teachers to identify the strengths and the weaknesses of the G.S. textbooks, helping publishers to revise the content of the G.S. textbooks, and providing a foundation on further studies related to the challenges of implementing GCE in HK primary schools.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • CHONG, King Man, Eric 莊璟珉, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Global citizenship education
  • General studies textbooks
  • Content analysis
  • 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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