CERC Studies in Comparative Education

Citizenship Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific

Editors: Grossman, David L., Lee, Wing On, Kennedy, Kerry J. (Eds.)

  • Expands the study of citizenship education curriculum to the world’s most dynamic region and societies
  • Presents a complex picture that shows an interesting array of both similarities and differences in approaches to the citizenship education curriculum across the region
  • Provides new insights into the global, national, and local dynamics that shape citizenship education across Asia and the Pacific
  • Reveals critical tensions between global and national forces over the shaping of the citizenship education curriculum
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Based on case studies of 11 societies in the world’s most dynamic region, this book signals a new direction of study at the intersection of citizenship education and the curriculum. Following their successful volume, Citizenship Education in Asia and the Pacific: Concepts and Issues (published as No. 14 in this series), the editors, widely regarded as leaders in the field in the Asia-Pacific region, have gone beyond broad citizenship education frameworks to examine the realities, tensions and pressures that influence the formation of the citizenship curriculum. Chapter authors from different societies have addressed two fundamental questions: (1) how is citizenship education featured in the current curriculum reform agenda in terms of both policy contexts and values; and (2) to what extent do the reforms in citizenship education reflect current debates within the society? From comparative analysis of these 11 case studies the editors have found a complex picture of curriculum reform that indicates deep tensions between global and local agendas. On one hand, there is substantial evidence of an increasingly common policy rhetoric in the debates about citizenship education. On the other, it is evident that this discourse does not necessarily extend to citizenship curriculum, which in most places continues to be constructed according to distinctive social, political and cultural contexts. Whether the focus is on Islamic values in Pakistan, an emerging discourse about Chinese ‘democracy’, a nostalgic conservatism in Australia, or a continuing nation-building project in Malaysia – the cases show that distinctive social values and ideologies construct national citizenship curricula in Asian contexts even in this increasingly globalized era.

This impressive collection of case studies of a diverse group of societies informs and enriches understanding of the complex relationship between citizenship education and the curriculum both regionally and globally.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Globalised Economies and Liberalised Curriculum: New Challenges for National Citizenship Education

    Kennedy, Kerry J.

    Pages 13-26

  • The Development of Citizenship Education Curriculum in Hong Kong after 1997: Tensions between National Identity and Global Citizenship

    Lee, Wing On

    Pages 29-42

  • Taiwan’s New Citizenship Curriculum: Changes and Challenges

    Doong, Shiowlan

    Pages 43-60

  • Citizenship Curriculum in China: A Shifting Discourse towards Chinese Democracy, Law Education and Psychological Health

    Zhong, Minghua (et al.)

    Pages 61-73

  • Citizenship Education Curriculum in Japan

    Otsu, Kazuko

    Pages 75-94

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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8744-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Citizenship Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific
Editors
  • David L. Grossman
  • Wing On Lee
  • Kerry J. Kennedy
Series Title
CERC Studies in Comparative Education
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8745-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8745-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8744-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 268
Additional Information
Jointly published with Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong
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