School-based curriculum development: The Hong Kong experience

Yiu Chun LO

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The purpose of this article is to analyse the nature of the School-based Curriculum Project Scheme (SBCPS), which was introduced into the Hong Kong education system in 1988. The aims of the scheme were to promote school-based curriculum development (SBCD) designed to meet the learning needs of pupils and to encourage teachers to solve curriculum problems. Overall, the article provides insights into the characteristics of the SBCPS which was introduced into a highly centralized context and was initiated through a highly centralized mechanism, and describes how it was implemented into Hong Kong schools. This underlines the need both to view curriculum policies critically and to recognize the impact that the prevailing culture in schools has on attempts at curriculum innovations. Copyright © 1999 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-442
JournalThe Curriculum Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


Lo, Y. C. (1999). School-based curriculum development: The Hong Kong experience. The Curriculum Journal, 10(3), 419-442.


  • School-based curriculum project
  • Educational policy
  • Centralized curriculum control


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