ERIC Number: ED361068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Moral Education in a Multicultural Context: The Malaysian Primary Curriculum.
Banks, Ellen C.
In Malaysia, the national moral education curriculums are designed to develop the values that Malaysians of diverse cultures share or that the government wishes to develop as shared values to bring about religious and ethnic harmony. Moral education for Muslims is incorporated into in-school religious education, while a separate, essentially secular moral education curriculum has been prepared for non-Muslim children. The moral education curriculum is designed around ten values: physical and mental cleanliness, consideration, moderation, diligence, thankfulness, trustworthiness, fairness, affection, respect, and society. As set out by the education ministry, the curriculum leaves no room for discarding, deleting, or modifying these values. Instructional materials focus on developing students; ability to apply moral principles in decision making and role taking. Many lessons focus on neighborliness, interracial harmony, and the avoidance of conceit and boasting. While the curriculum does not openly advocate different rules or responsibilities for boys and girls, boys are more often the main characters in the stories. While the curriculum is designed for non-Malays only, some of the textbooks are written and illustrated by Malays and show people from various ethnic groups, including Malays. The moral education curriculum is experimental, and many contextual factors will determine its influence on children's moral development. Sample stories at five grade levels are included. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (60th, New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).