Background: The government proposed Liberal Studies as a core subject and issued the curriculum and assessment guide, which aroused controversial debate. Nevertheless, the subject was finalized after three consultative stages.
Focus of discussion: This paper attempts to analyze, from perspectives at societal and school levels, the appropriateness of Liberal Studies curriculum.
Arguments: This paper argues that the basic rationales of this subject suit the global and local development trends, local educational development, emphasis of social issues, trends in associating knowledge from various disciplines and using new strategies of teaching and learning. However, this subject is incongruent with school level context, as it is not in line with the original Liberal Studies, knowledge-base, curriculum organization, examination culture, teaching and learning traditions and teacher professional development in Hong Kong.
Conclusion: Stakeholders in different levels have different concerns. The curriculum designers need to learn the concern and implementation of teachers in school level. Or, the ideas in this subject could not be implemented. [Copyright of New Horizons: The Journal of Education, Hong Kong Teachers' Associationl is the property of Hong Kong Teachers' Association at http://www.hkta1934.org.hk/]