Students' concepts and attitudes toward citizenship: The case of Hong Kong

Wing On LEE

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Abstract

This paper analyses the data obtained from the findings on Hong Kong, as a part of the IEA second civic study. Because the survey was conducted two years after Hong Kong's return to China, the findings reflect concepts and attitudes toward citizenship among Hong Kong students shortly after the change of sovereignty. The study shows that Hong Kong ranks highest in two aspects of citizenship: civic knowledge and attitudes toward immigrants. Hong Kong ranks lowest in attitudes toward the nation, support for women's political rights, confidence in participating at school, and open classroom climate. Moreover, Hong Kong students are most concerned about elections and freedom of expression, but are least interested in political parties. They are more interested in social-related citizenship issues, and try to avoid confrontational and activist politics. This suggests that Hong Kong students are concerned with citizenship issues and politics; are very knowledgeable, and while they are also concerned about society, do not favor confrontations. This partly reflects a Chinese culture and partly reflects that depolicitization perpetuates beyond 1997. Copyright © 2003 Elsevier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-607
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Citation

Lee, W. O. (2003). Students' concepts and attitudes toward citizenship: The case of Hong Kong. International Journal of Educational Research, 39(6), 591-607.

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