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ERIC Number: EJ846582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
No Easy Choice: Value Dilemmas of Education Reform and Economic Rationalism in Hong Kong
Tse, Thomas Kwan-Choi
International Journal of Educational Reform, v14 n1 p112-128 Win 2005
Like other public policies, education policies are laden with values and are often highly "ideologically charged." Given this close entanglement with value conflicts or dilemmas, it is no longer valid or feasible to pursue seemingly value-free or value-neutral analysis when studying policies. Since education policy is contested terrain, for a rational and democratic policy discourse to develop, it should be broadened to include more consideration of values, to reveal the inconsistencies, contradictions, and failings of particular policies with regard to values and ideologies, and to reset the priorities in light of such clarifications. It is also important to recognize ideological perspectives and value conflicts inherent in policy discourse, and to disentangle the arguments and evidence used to support ideologies or value positions involved. Only in this way can a valid opening up of the democratic discourse or the civic forum be achieved. In light of these conceptual considerations, this article pursues a value analysis of policy with selected policy measures of recent education reform in Hong Kong as illustrations. Following a brief overview of the activities of the reform movement in the name of "quality education" under the framework of managerialism in Hong Kong, the author discusses four sets of dilemmas in relation to the issues of "quality versus equality, competition versus cooperation, standard versus diversity, and control versus autonomy." The author also discusses the implications and influence of the education reforms in Hong Kong. This article serves to show how policies toward more utilitarian values, efficiency, and economic growth undercut equality, solidarity, and citizenship and reveal value dilemmas as well as contradictions within or among the education reform measures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong