ERIC Number: EJ803387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
The Influence of Classic Chinese Philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism on Classroom Discipline in Hong Kong Junior Secondary Schools
Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal for Pastoral Care & Personal-Social Education, v25 n2 p38-45 Jun 2007
Discipline is a crucial aspect of teachers' and students' classroom lives. Hong Kong secondary teachers, as elsewhere, are concerned with students' misbehaviour. This article examines teachers' constructs of classroom discipline and strategies adopted for behaviour management. Qualitative data were collected by interviews and classroom observation. Sixty teachers were involved. Eighteen classrooms were observed. The influence of the three schools of classic Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism, emerged as a main theme from the data. It was prominent as their key principles were incorporated into the teachers' personal system of classroom discipline. The findings illuminate the influence of Chinese culture in Hong Kong classrooms. Implications for the promotion of culturally responsive classrooms and the development of educational policies on pastoral care are drawn.
Descriptors: Discipline, Asian Culture, Observation, Confucianism, Foreign Countries, Religion, Teacher Attitudes, Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Interviews, Secondary School Teachers, Religious Factors, Culturally Relevant Education, Philosophy, Discipline Problems, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong