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Civic Learning in the „Real World“: Schools and Community as Sites for Student Engagement

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This chapter seeks to understand the multiple sources that influence student civic learning, with particular reference to students in Hong Kong. It draws on two sources of research: one has focused on seeking to establish the contribution of the formal curriculum to civic learning and the other looks beyond the formal curriculum to more informal learning modes. These sources suggest the need to look at the environment of schools and their capacity to engage young people in democratic processes as part of their civic learning experiences. At the same time, there is also the need to look beyond schools to the community and seek opportunities for young people to be engaged in activities that enhance their civic understanding and attitudes beyond the school.

The research reported in this chapter was supported by a Public Policy Research project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council: Hong Kong Students’ Attitudes to Citizenship: Monitoring Progress Ten years after Hong Kong’s Return to China (HKIEd 8001-PPR-5)

I am grateful for the statistical support provided to this study by Ms Xiaorui Huang, Senior Research Assistant in the project referred to above.

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Table 1: Civic Knowledge as the Dependent Variable
Table 2: Expected Political Participation as the Dependent Variable
Table 3: Engagement in Protest Activities as the Dependent Variable

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Kennedy, K. (2013). Civic Learning in the „Real World“: Schools and Community as Sites for Student Engagement. In: Brunold, A., Ohlmeier, B. (eds) School and Community Interactions. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

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