Transforming citizenship education in social studies curriculum of primary schools: A textbook analysis

Wenlan WANG, Chi Kin John LEE, Hong Biao YIN

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Abstract

Citizenship education is an emerging area of study in Mainland China. In this chapter, two sets of social studies textbooks are compared and analyzed to find any transformation of citizenship education in primary schools under the current China' NCR. Based on a frequency comparison and content analysis of these textbooks, results show that citizenship education in social studies curriculum has undergone dramatic transformations, including the depoliticisation of social studies curriculum and the significant increase in content of citizenship education, increase of diverse elements of citizenship education, and the changing nature of content and pedagogies of citizenship education. However, the new social studies curriculum still adopts a relatively passive, obligation-based approach to citizenship education. This chapter concludes that there is still a need to enhance citizenship education in Mainland China. Copyright © 2012 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum reform in China: Changes and challenges
EditorsHong-biao YIN, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages123-136
ISBN (Print)9781614709435
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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social studies
textbook
primary school
citizenship
curriculum
education
China
obligation
content analysis

Citation

Wang, W., Lee, J. C.-K., & Yin, H.-B. (2012). Transforming citizenship education in social studies curriculum of primary schools: A textbook analysis. In H.-B. Yin, & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Curriculum reform in China: Changes and challenges (pp. 123-136). New York: Nova Science Publishers.