Date 2010-11-23
Time 12:30 - 14:00
Tel 2948-8760
Venue Room B3-P-13, Tai Po Campus


The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) and Faculty of Education Studies (FES) jointly held a seminar on "Who is the Socially Responsible Citizen? Cases from the Asia-Pacific Rim Region", conducted by Professor David Grossman (Chaminade University of Honolulu), Dr Leung Yan Wing (HKIEd) and Dr Timothy Yuen (HKIEd) on 23rd November 2010 (Tuesday), 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Room B3-P-13, Tai Po Campus. We have also invited Dr Greg Fairbrother (HKIEd) as discussant.

In many western societies there is a tendency to separate the moral and civic dimensions of citizenship education, and in some cases to exclude the moral dimension from the discourse of preparing citizens. However, as cross-societal dialogues and research about citizenship education have increased in the past two decades, scholars have identified differences in the emphasis put on the moral dimension of citizenship education across the Asia-Pacific region. In many predominantly Confucian, Islamic and Buddhist societies, for example, the emphasis on the moral dimension of citizenship education is explicit, and in some cases, central.

While this awareness of a divide, or perhaps more appropriately a continuum in the role of moral education in democratic societies has been recognized for some time, to our knowledge it has not been explored in depth in a cross-cultural dialogue. This seminar reports on an effort to study this issue through a series of case studies in selected Asia-Pacific societies: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the United States (Hawai’i), and Mexico.

The product of this project will be a book that will address how each of these societies attempts to utilize their own moral/civic education continuum to achieve the goal of educating socially responsible citizens. Namely, how are these two curriculum areas utilized to produce socially responsible citizens? Are there specific pedagogies that are required to attain these characteristics?  In this seminar we will provide an overview of the findings from the case studies to date with a specific focus on the Hong Kong case.

Professor Grossman is currently the Dean of Education, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Dr Leung Yan Wing is the Associate Director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, HKIEd. Dr Timothy Yuen is the Assistant Professor of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, HKIEd. Dr. Greg Fairbrother is the Associate Professor of the Department of Social Sciences, HKIEd.

For details please refer to the poster attached.