Before the return of sovereignty of Hong Kong to China in 1997, Hong Kong had always been described as "a borrowed place, a borrowed time." The society was highly depoliticized that little attention was paid to civic education before 1980s. But in response to the social, political, and constitutional changes caused by the return of sovereignty, the Hong Kong Education Department had published two Guidelines on Civic Education in Schools in 1985 and 1996. The intention was to equip the youth of Hong Kong to face the challenges ahead. This chapter compares the two Guidelines with reference to aims and objectives, ideologies, conceptual framework, and focus of the content. It can be concluded that at least at the curriculum document level, civic education in Hong Kong has made a big step forward, in responding to the social and political challenges. But a lot has to been done on implementation so as to make the practice in schools successful. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication||School curriculum change and development in Hong Kong|
|Editors||Yin Cheong CHENG, King Wai CHOW, Kwok Tung TSUI|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||The Hong Kong Insitute of Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|