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ERIC Number: ED414573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
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No More Peking Ducks in Hong Kong: Provoking Critical Thinking through "Subversive Teaching."
Gong, Gwendolyn
Education in Hong Kong has been developed along a British model that uses examination results to determine students' academic futures: to be allowed to go on to a university to study or to go into the workplace with a tenth-grade education. The system has been described by likening students to Peking ducks who are forced to eat, fattened up for someone else's table. Similarly, students are stuffed with information from books by way of rote learning, and memorization. Students are not allowed to comment or question the information. Thus Hong Kong's tertiary students enter universities with an ability to receive information, but little or no experience in independent or critical thinking. Among the strategies that teachers can use to help their students better prepare for the future and avoid becoming Peking ducks: create and maintain student-centered learning environments; design prompts as rhetorical scenarios dealing with contemporary social, political, and economic issues; and incorporate problem-based learning pedagogy/strategies. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong