This chapter explores school factors that contribute to ethnic minority young people failing in Hong Kong schools. It draws on a case study approach based on 15 in-depth interviews with 11 out-of-school ethnic minority young people: 6 were dropouts, 4 were at risk of dropping out and 1 never attended a school. The study was augmented with an additional 22 in-depth interviews with 20 other stakeholders related to ethnic minority education. These interviews provided a comprehensive understanding of schooling contexts for ethnic minority young people in Hong Kong. Several themes emerged through schema analysis that help to explain the school-related factors contributing to school failure. It has been common to attribute school failure of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong to problems with Chinese language education. Yet this study showed that a number of other school-related factors such as inadequate schooling provisions for ethnic minority students, the segregation effect in designated schools, issues in teaching, school policies and practices, teachers' low expectations and stereotypes contributed to their lack of successful schooling. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
|Title of host publication||Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia|
|Editors||Kerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|