The influence of classic Chinese philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism on classroom discipline in Hong Kong junior secondary schools

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Abstract

Discipline is a crucial aspect of teachers' and students' classroom lives. Hong Kong secondary teachers, as elsewhere, are concerned with students' misbehaviour. This article examines teachers' constructs of classroom discipline and strategies adopted for behaviour management. Qualitative data were collected by interviews and classroom observation. Sixty teachers were involved. Eighteen classrooms were observed. The influence of the three schools of classic Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism, emerged as a main theme from the data. It was prominent as their key principles were incorporated into the teachers' personal system of classroom discipline. The findings illuminate the influence of Chinese culture in Hong Kong classrooms. Implications for the promotion of culturally responsive classrooms and the development of educational policies on pastoral care are drawn. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
JournalPastoral Care in Education
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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Confucianism
Religious Philosophies
Taoism
legalism
Hong Kong
secondary school
Pastoral Care
Students
classroom
Policy Making
teacher
Observation
Interviews
philosophy
educational policy
promotion
student

Citation

Hue, M.-T. (2007). The influence of classic Chinese philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism on classroom discipline in Hong Kong junior secondary schools. Pastoral Care in Education, 25(2), 38-45.

Keywords

  • Discipline
  • Hong Kong
  • Chinese philosophies
  • Constructs
  • Behaviour management