Are Liberal Studies teachers ready to prepare human rights respecting students? A portrait of teachers’ attitudes towards human rights

Yan Wing LEUNG, Yan Lam LO

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Abstract

As in most countries, human rights education (HRE) in Hong Kong has never been high on the educational agenda. In 2009, a compulsory subject, Liberal Studies (LS), which could be used as a platform for HRE, was introduced. The Hong Kong Institute of Education launched a research and development project which, as one of its objectives, studied LS teachers’ attitudes towards human rights and Rule of Law. This article first provides a brief overview of HRE. Then, the potential of HRE in LS will be discussed, followed by an introduction of the research project. Subsequently, the research design and findings will be presented. The findings reveal that there is a large gap between teachers’ understandings of human rights and international human rights standards. Since LS teachers’ attitudes are crucial for effective HRE, the findings are quite striking. The paper ends with recommendations for further research, policy formulations, and teacher preparation. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-358
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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Citation

Leung, Y. W., & Lo, Y. L. (2012). Are Liberal Studies teachers ready to prepare human rights respecting students? A portrait of teachers’ attitudes towards human rights. Intercultural Education, 23(4), 341-358.

Keywords

  • Attitudes towards human rights
  • Human rights education
  • Education for the Rule of Law
  • Citizenship education
  • Liberal Studies teachers