A Case Study on Hong Kong Secondary School Students’ Civic Commitment and Conception of Citizenship
|論文名稱(英文)：||A Case Study on Hong Kong Secondary School Students’ Civic Commitment and Conception of Citizenship|
|英文關鍵字：||citizenship;political socialization;civic education;political education|
|摘要(英文)：||The approach of Hong Kong’s civic education has been criticized as “anational” and “apolitical”. Thus, many teachers and students are found politically apathetic due to their lack of political knowledge and values. However, after the return of Hong Kong’s
sovereignty from Britain to China, a lot of secondary school students have participated
in debates on social issues and social petition. This paper aims to report an exploratory case study on how Hong Kong’s secondary school students are transformed to be active and participatory citizens in the educational process. Through in-depth interviews with two students from higher education institutions, 18 secondary school students and two civic education teachers, the findings of this qualitative study depict that the role of civic education teachers are of paramount importance in the process of political socialization.
Their personal beliefs and teaching methods can significantly help nurture students to develop a sense of active and participatory citizenship. The study has also found that during the socialization process of civic education, encouraging students to take part in
social services and experiential learning and to explore social issues will enhance their civic commitment. They will then gradually be embedded with strong senses of citizenship and civic identity.
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