School‐based human rights education: Case studies in Hong Kong secondary schools

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Abstract

In an era of rapid globalization, space and time are seriously compressed. People from different nations, cultures, religions and other backgrounds have become much more interconnected and interdependent. Since people are rapidly intermingling, what values should be considered as standards and norms in regulating this situation, so that people of different backgrounds can relate peacefully to each other with mutual respect? United Nations (UN) human rights standards could be considered as sets of shared global norms and values in a search for global ethics. As a consequence, the UN has been eager to promote human rights education (HRE), aiming at the cultivation of a human rights culture. This paper reports on two case studies of school‐based curriculum development of HRE in two Hong Kong secondary schools. We also recommend some research directions important for the implementation of HRE in schools. It is hoped that the paper can provide some insight into the development of quality HRE in schools. Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-162
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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Hong Kong
secondary school
human rights
education
UNO
curriculum development
school
Values
respect
Religion
moral philosophy
globalization

Citation

Leung, Y. W., Yuen, T. W. W., & Chong, Y. K. (2011). School‐based human rights education: Case studies in Hong Kong secondary schools. Intercultural Education, 22(2), 145-162.

Keywords

  • Human rights education
  • Law‐related education
  • Civic education
  • Global ethics
  • School‐based curriculum project