The role of Hong Kong schools in promoting students' civic engagement: A qualitative study of focus group interviews with Hong Kong secondary students

Wai Chun Cherry AU, Kui Foon CHOW

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Abstract

This study aims at assessing the existing effort in civic education in Hong Kong secondary schools after the implementation of the 3-3-4 educational reforms from 2009 onwards. The assessment framework is based on the IEA civic education model (Torney-purta et al., 2001). Qualitative data were collected from focus group interviews from 18 Form 3 students of four schools. The findings support the previous research that adolescents engaged actively in the process of political socialization. Rather than political activities, the majority of interviewees preferred to engage in social activities. Moreover, interviewees held positive beliefs in civic efficacy in changing school policies though they might not be confident to change government policies when they became adults. Interviewees suggested having more “space” in the present civic curriculum by allowing more discussion / activities on current issues or news. Finally, students had positive comments about existing efforts in civic education during Liberal Studies lessons.
本研究旨在評估2009年起三三四學制實施後中學推行公民教育的實況。評估框架是基於IEA公民教育模式。本研究採用焦點團體訪談方式,訪問18位中三學生。研究發現青少年積極參與政治社會化過程;受訪者傾向參與社會性的公民活動多於政治活動,且對改變學校政策抱有較強的公民效能感。受訪者建議現有課程提供更多「空間」去討論時事或新聞。整體而言,他們對在通識課堂內的公民教育持積極評價。 Copyright © 2012 HKFYG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-95
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Citation

Au, C. W. C., & Chow, J. K. F. (2012). The role of Hong Kong schools in promoting students' civic engagement: A qualitative study of focus group interviews with Hong Kong secondary students. Journal of Youth Studies, 15(1), 82-95.

Keywords

  • Civic engagement
  • Classroom climate
  • School participation
  • Civic curriculum
  • Focus group interview
  • 公民參與
  • 課堂氣氛
  • 學校的參與
  • 公民課程
  • 焦點團體訪談
  • Alt. title: 從中學生焦點團體訪談看香港學校在促進學生公民參與的作用

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