How Confucianism affects Hong Kong educators' views on modern Chinese language education

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Abstract

It is a general belief that language reflects cultural preoccupations, and constrains the way people think, and that the use of language is also shaped through culture. Language education in different countries thus reflects culture of the regions. Chinese and English are two of the most popular languages in the world and reflect culture of the East and the West. The authors have carried out a research project on the views of Hong Kong educators on basic mother tongue language competency. The results showed that Hong Kong educators’ perception on language was affected by Chinese philosophy of education, namely Confucianism. They did not find many indicators of English curricula appropriate to Hong Kong school students. ‘Stress on personal moral perfection’ and ‘social implications for education’ that is the goodness for all were some of the Chinese educational beliefs affect views of Hong Kong educators on language education. Copyright © 2007 International Cultural Research Network Press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring cultural perspectives in education
EditorsHenry MAITLES
Place of PublicationEdmonton, Alberta
PublisherInternational Cultural Research Network Press
Pages288-309
ISBN (Print)0973103626
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Citation

Tong, H. K., & Leung, W. H. (2007). How Confucianism affects Hong Kong educators' views on modern Chinese language education. In H. Maitles (Ed.), Exploring cultural perspectives in education (pp. 288-309). Edmonton, Alberta: International Cultural Research Network Press.

Keywords

  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning

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