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ERIC Number: EJ799113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
An "Action-Poor" Human Rights Education: A Critical Review of the Development of Human Rights Education in the Context of Civic Education in Hong Kong
Leung, Yan Wing
Intercultural Education, v19 n3 p231-242 Jun 2008
In Hong Kong, human rights education (HRE) is considered an aspect of civic education. For decades, HRE has been poorly attended. In 2009, a new compulsory subject, Liberal Studies, where HRE can be infused, will be introduced to senior secondary students (15-18 years old). This article reviews the development of HRE within civic education, followed by the analysis of Liberal Studies documents with reference to international human rights documents. It is concluded that Liberal Studies can be used as a vehicle for HRE. The aims and pedagogy proposed are similar to those adopted by HRE. International standards of human rights can be incorporated in the content. However, the HRE derived from Liberal Studies is a form of "action-poor HRE". Whether this "action-poor HRE" can adequately cultivate a universal human rights culture is an issue for further research. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong