The teaching of General Studies as an "Integrated" subject in Hong Kong primary schools

Wing Mui Winnie SO, May Hung May CHENG, Cho Nga LEUNG, Lai Wah WONG-YU

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Abstract

This study explores teachers' understanding of the notion of "integration" and their conception of teaching and learning an integrated subject, General Studies, in the Hong Kong primary curriculum. Other related issues like school administration and teacher preparation are examined. The significance of this study is to provide suggestions to the direction of teacher education programs in order to nurture competent General Studies teachers. The integration of the learning elements of Primary Science, Social Studies, and Health Education, which have long been taught as separate subjects, into a new subject called General Studies, presents a dramatic change in local primary education and teacher education. Since the introduction of the new subject in 1996, teachers have encountered difficulties in implementing the subject at school. This study draws on teachers' direct involvement with the teaching of the subject. In particular, the issues about school administration, teacher preparation, teachers' understanding of the notion of "integration", and teachers' conception of teaching and learning of the subject are examined. The findings of this paper have some implications on the direction of teacher education program, which serves to support the teaching of the subject in local primary schools. Copyright © 1999 The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-28
JournalJournal of Basic Education
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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So, W. W.-M., Cheng, M. M.-H., Leung, C.-N., & Wong Yu, L.-W. (1999). The teaching of General Studies as an "Integrated" subject in Hong Kong primary schools. Journal of Basic Education, 8(2), 13-28.