Arts and creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: A document analysis of quality review reports
- Arts and creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: A document analysis of quality review reports
- Creativity, 9(1), 87-107, 2022
- Hong Kong
- 1997.7 onwards
- Pre-Primary Education
- In Hong Kong, the Education Bureau (EDB) regularly assesses the quality of services provided by publicly subsidized kindergartens to children aged 3 to 6. Quality Review (QR) reports are written by government officials and published on the EDB's website. This study analyzes the feedback pertaining to Arts and Creativity to better understand the role this learning area plays in Hong Kong kindergartens. Lexical and content analyses were applied on 164 QR reports published between 2017 and 2020. Findings showed that: (1) the role of Arts and Creativity in the QR reports is relatively minor, which suggests that this learning area is somewhat secondary in Hong Kong kindergartens; (2) presence of the various art forms differs significantly, with Music and Visual Arts being more frequent than Drama and especially Dance; and (3) classroom activities seem to be teacher-centered, product-oriented, and reproductive. Findings suggest that the Arts and Creativity pedagogies enacted in Hong Kong kindergartens are not fully consistent with the official kindergarten Curriculum Guide, which draws on a Western conceptualization of creativity in the arts. We argue that this curriculum/practice gap reveals the need for local stakeholders to embrace a "glocalization" paradigm. Limitations, future research, and implications are discussed. Copyright © 2022 Jerry Yeung et al.
- Journal Articles
Recent Journal ArticlesArtificial Intelligence (AI) literacy in early childhood education: An intervention study in Hong Kong
Journal ArticlesInstilling the need for academic honesty into Hong Kong university students: How well are we doing?
Journal ArticlesDefining language goals in EMI: vocabulary demand in a high-stakes assessment in Hong Kong
Journal ArticlesPsychosocial well-being among undergraduate students in Hong Kong and Kazakhstan
Journal ArticlesRemote learning and mental health during the societal lockdown: A study of primary school students and parents in times of COVID-19
Journal ArticlesSchool financial education and parental financial socialization: Findings from a sample of Hong Kong adolescents
Journal ArticlesKindergarten teachers’ knowledge of and beliefs in the influence of music and movement on children’s self-regulation
Journal ArticlesAssessing the connection between overeducation and migration intention in Hong Kong’s young working adults