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Challenges to values education in Hong Kong school music education

  • Challenges to values education in Hong Kong school music education
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 26(2), 225-241, 2006
  • Routledge
  • 2006
    • Hong Kong
    • 1997.7 onwards
    • Primary Education
    • Secondary Education
  • This study deals with the issue of incorporating values education in music education in Hong Kong's primary and secondary schools. It includes the development of the state's cultural and national identity since its handover from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Thirty primary and secondary school music teachers were interviewed in order to understand how notions of "musical values" and "non-musical values" have been addressed in the curriculum. In particular, this study focuses on music teachers' perspectives on teaching world music, traditional Chinese music, the PRC national anthem, and non-musical values. This paper questions the effectiveness of existing curricular and pedagogical attempts to encourage the students' musical experience and extra-musical education. It concludes that values education must have clear conceptions of "values", "musical cultures", and "national identity" in order to maintain unity amidst the intensifying plurality of ethnicities and cultures in Hong Kong.
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    • English
  • Journal Articles
    • 02188791
  • 2010-09-06

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