Primary science education in Hong Kong

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After a brief overview of the basic education in Hong Kong, this chapter illustrates the historical development and changes of primary science education that have taken place in Hong Kong over 50 years. Following this, efforts are made to describe the current primary science education as integrated in the course General Studies, pupils’ informal learning opportunities in science events as extracurricular activities, and the status of science teacher education. A review of the research is conducted on the implemented curriculum which reflects the concern of Hong Kong science educators regarding primary pupils’ science learning. The final section focuses on discussing three recent trends in Hong Kong primary science education, i.e., STEM education, IT in science learning, and education for environmental sustainability. Copyright © 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrimary science education in East Asia: A critical comparison of systems and strategies
EditorsYew-Jin LEE, Jason TAN
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319971674
ISBN (Print)9783319971650
Publication statusPublished - 2018


So, W. M. W., Wan, Z. H., & Chen, Y. (2018). Primary science education in Hong Kong. In Y.-J. Lee & J. Tan (Eds.), Primary science education in East Asia: A critical comparison of systems and strategies (pp. 19-48). Cham: Springer.


  • Hong Kong
  • Primary curriculum
  • Primary science
  • General studies


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