Although educators have not come to an agreed single definition on social education, this area of learning is often used synonymously for citizenship education. With the re-unification of Hong Kong with China, the preparation for “good citizenship” has received increasing attention by both the general public and the practitioners. A deep understanding of social education is undoubtedly necessary. This paper attempts to describe the evolution of the concept of social education in the Hong Kong educational setting and identify its major characteristics through a comparative study of the syllabuses of related subjects published at different periods of time (Social Studies, 1967 and 1980 and General Studies, 1994 and 1997). The concept of social education as reflected in these curriculum documents is critically examined and evaluated in the light of the local context, the different perspectives on curriculum and learning, and its recent developments in other parts of the world, particularly in the US. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Hong Kong Institute of Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|