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

Classroom discipline is one aspect of pastoral care. Hong Kong secondary teachers, as elsewhere, are concerned with students’ misbehaviour. This paper 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 classic Chinese philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism, emerging as a main theme from the data, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Hue, M.-T. (2007, April). The influence of classic Chinese philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism on classroom discipline in Hong Kong junior secondary schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association: The World of Educational Quality, Chicago, IL.

Keywords

  • Secondary Education
  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)