One country two systems: Nature of science education in Mainland China and Hong Kong

Sui Ling WONG, Zhihong WAN, Ka Lok CHENG

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Abstract

The development of science curricula in both mainland China and Hong Kong in the last decade has undergone a shift from content-focused goals to a wider goal of promotion of scientific literacy. This shift is a result of a considerable influence from Western countries where understanding of nature of science (NOS) has long been regarded as a major component of scientific literacy and important learning outcomes of science curricula in the West. This chapter will first report on the similarities and differences of the NOS ideas as portrayed in the physics curriculum standards document and the key physics textbooks in both places. The unique differences identified are associated strongly with certain social agenda and considerably influenced by the historical and cultural heritages of mainland China and Hong Kong. Lastly the considerable difference in the implementation of NOS education at teacher training level and school level in both places will be elaborated. Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of research in history, philosophy and science teaching
EditorsMichael R. MATTHEWS
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages2149-2175
ISBN (Electronic)9789400776548
ISBN (Print)9789400776531
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Hong Kong
China
science
education
curriculum
physics
literacy
development of science
cultural heritage
teacher training
textbook
promotion
school
learning

Citation

Wong, S. L., Wan, Z. H., & Cheng, K. L. (2014). One country two systems: Nature of science education in Mainland China and Hong Kong. In M. R. Matthews (Ed.), International handbook of research in history, philosophy and science teaching (pp. 2149-2175). Dordrecht: Springer.

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