Discourses of gender in Hong Kong New Senior Secondary Liberal Studies: Implications for policy makers
- Discourses of gender in Hong Kong New Senior Secondary Liberal Studies: Implications for policy makers
- Hong Kong
- 1997.7 onwards
- Secondary Education
- This paper examines the gender components in the Hong Kong New Senior Secondary Liberal Studies (NSSLS) and evaluates whether the various discursive construction of gender converge to education of gender equity. Using Reisigl and Wodak (2009)'s discourse-historical approach to critical discourse analysis, the study analyzes the gender discourses in the Liberal Studies Curriculum and Assessment Guide (secondary 4-6) (2007). It is found that inconsistent and contradictory conceptions of gender are existent in the curriculum document. I therefore call upon policy makers to warn against the nuanced ways in which gender inequality can be implicitly embedded in curriculum documents. The study is the first empirical study that examines gender politics in secondary general education in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2016 American Educational Research Association.
- Paper presented at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA.
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