Fostering young children's civic education through the understanding of Olympism

Shu Sing Paul WONG

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Abstract

According to the Olympic Charter, "Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining into a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles". Sport is viewed as a mini society where participants experience the success and failure; the joys and tears; and the ups and downs of life. For children, the overall aims of education for the 21st Century in Hong Kong should be "To enable every person to attain all-round development in the domains of ethics, intellect, physique, social skills and aesthetics according to his/her own attributes..." (Education Commission, September 2000, p.30). In the early childhood curriculum, physical education is integral in fostering young children's total development. Early childhood educators always provide an educationally appropriate program to enhance young children's whole person development. This paper serves two purposes. First, it demonstrates how Olympic sports are highly related to Civic Education for young children. Secondly, it suggests educationally sound strategies for early childhood educators to develop a preschool physical education curriculum with emphasis on the development of young Hong Kong children's civic capacities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Sports
childhood
education
physical education
Hong Kong
aim of education
educator
human being
education curriculum
way of life
charter
respect
aesthetics
moral philosophy
curriculum
Values
experience
Society
philosophy

Citation

Wong, P. S. S. (2004, April). Fostering young children's civic education through the understanding of Olympism. Paper presented at the Pacific Circle Consortium 28th Annual Conference: Civic Values and Social Responsibility in a Global Context, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.

Keywords

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning