Changing the Curriculum: The Impact of Reform on Primary Schooling in Hong Kong

Changing the Curriculum: The Impact of Reform on Primary Schooling in Hong Kong

Changing the Curriculum: The Impact of Reform on Primary Schooling in Hong Kong

Changing the Curriculum: The Impact of Reform on Primary Schooling in Hong Kong

Synopsis

The Target Oriented Curriculum (TOC) is arguably the most comprehensive, fundamental and controversial attempt to promote systemic curriculum reform in Hong Kong. It aimed at a radical change in the nature of knowledge, pedagogy and assessment in schools.

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Ivor Goodson

I have long been an admirer of the curriculum research that has emanated from Hong Kong. At its best, and this book is in that category, the work has been generative and insightful and has worked successfully across the many levels and arenas of curriculum action.

Much of the curriculum research, at the moment, inhabits one of two polarities. the first accepts an uncritical belief in the ‘implementation’ of new reforms and initiatives. Schools are evaluated to see how ‘successfully’ they adopt and implement the wisdom of the prescribers. Writing elsewhere, I have called this kind of curriculum research ‘implementationist myopia’. in the lecture I gave at the University of Hong Kong, in January 1998, 1 warned against this and said it represented a ‘crisis’ for curriculum change theory.

At the other polarity, more revisionist scholars have focused on teachers’ and students’ ‘resistance’ to all implementational efforts, to all reforms. As a reaction to implementationist myopia, this is welcome but it takes the reaction too far. As I argued in Studying Curriculum:

Given the deconstructionist and poststructuralist impulse at the moment,
it is possible to doubt that the contest over curriculum and the

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