Various terms have been used to define civic education (CE) in Hong Kong since the colonial era. This has been particularly true since 2011, when CE has been given many names, causing confusion among educators. Mixed methods were employed to examine teachers’ perceptions of different conceptions of CE expressed as moral, civic and national education. The findings indicate that some teachers might not be able to differentiate among moral education, CE and national education. Most teachers contended that national education should be included in CE, while others believed the opposite. Teachers perceived that moral and civic education was more successful than moral and national education in cultivating students to become ‘good citizens’. Teachers’ comprehension of these terms has policy and pedagogical implications. While the study is set within the context of Hong Kong, the findings are valuable to policymakers and educators in other countries seeking to improve CE. Copyright © 2016 British Association for International and Comparative Education.
|Journal||Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education|
|Early online date||Dec 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
CitationWong, K. L., Lee, C. K. J., Chan, K. S. J., & Kennedy, K. J. (2017). Constructions of civic education: Hong Kong teachers' perceptions of moral, civic and national education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47(5), 628-646.
- Civic education
- National education
- Teachers’ perceptions
- Good citizens
- Asian and Western cultures