Date 2012-04-25
Time 12:30 - 14:00
Tel 29488944
Venue Room B3-P-03, Tai Po Campus


The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) of The Hong Kong Institute of Education presents you a seminar on Hong Kong’s Civic Education: The Long Road to Responsible, Participatory, and Social Justice Oriented Citizens by Dr. LEUNG Yan Wing, Centre Associate Director of CGC, and Dr. YUEN Wai Wa Timothy, Centre Research Fellow of CGC, on 25th April 2012 (Wednesday), 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Room 03, Podium, Block B3 (Room B3-P-03), The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Tai Po Campus), 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po.

This seminar starts with an account of the development of civic education in Hong Kong from the colonial era to the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The focus is on the evolution of citizen identity in the course of development. Then, it will introduce the typology of "good citizens" by Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne, which includes the personal responsible citizen, participatory citizen and social justice oriented citizen. It will be used as framework for the analyses of the ideas of "good citizens" embedded in the relevant policy documents of Hong Kong’s civic education from the past to the present. The conclusion is that "good citizens" in the mind of the government is wandering from "personal responsible citizen" to "participatory citizen" and "uncritical patriots"; but never close to the "social justice oriented citizen". On the other hand, recent studies of the idea of "good citizens" and observations of confrontational politics in the society imply changes in the popular conception of citizenship, probably toward the direction of participatory and justice-oriented citizens. The increasing acceptance of "social justice oriented citizen" and "critical patriot" in this eclectic conceptualization has now created a widening gap of understanding between the people and the government. How this gap should be addressed in civic education becomes an important issue for further research.
For details please refer to the poster attached. For enquiries, please contact Miss Peggy TANG at 2948-8944 or by email at .