Title: The Value Orientations in Reading Texts of the Senior Secondary Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Mandy Au, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Values are explicit or implicit belief systems guiding one’s conduct, while attitudes are dispositions towards particular tasks; the two are mutually related. In Chinese Language education, development of positive values and attitudes through nurturing moral and affective dimensions, learning of literature as well as Chinese culture, has long been emphasized. From the 19th century onwards, emphasis has been shifted from knowledge and skills transfer to critical thinking and imagination, adding on to transmission of moral and cultural values. Personal integrity and interpersonal relationships remain as model attributes.
To tie in with the short and medium-term review results of the academic structure of Senior Secondary Education in 2012 and 2014, 12 designated classical literary works were introduced into the 2015 framework. These texts were chosen under specifications of the Curriculum Development Committee, and include a selection of knowledge thought to be valuable in mental and civic development of adolescents. Meanings of words and phrases, use of phrases or sentences, passage structures, forms of expression and embedded emotions or rationale of contents are all closely related to values education. It is hypothesized that the curriculum embeds significant value orientations.
This study will investigate The Value Orientations in Reading Texts of the Senior Secondary Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong, evaluate ‘What kinds of values dominate the Senior Chinese Language curriculum?’ and reflect upon ‘To what extent do the values presented correspond to Values Education Curriculum Framework of Hong Kong?
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