Integrating Students’ Learning in Personal, Social and Humanities Education: Possibilities and Problems

Dr Sum Cho Po
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Given the enormous impact of globalization on learning, there is an urgent need for a more integrated approach to teaching and learning in schools. In the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Personal, Social and Humanities Education (PSHE), a Key Learning Area in the basic education curriculum, is designed to enable students to develop a holistic understanding of themselves, the local community, the nation and the world. It aims to provide the basics for a general and liberal education to all students.

This paper explores to what extent students’ learning in the PSHE curriculum is integrated and the possible modes of integration and the problems encountered at the junior secondary level in the Region. The findings of two case studies of two secondary schools with different background, mission, organizational structure, culture, student ability and medium of instruction will be reported. This paper seeks to describe, illuminate and explain the different approaches adopted by teachers in integrating students’ learning in PSHE and further discusses the impacts on teaching and learning based on the ‘thick descriptions’ of teachers’ endeavours generated from the case studies. The possibilities and problems of an integrated approach to PSHE will be identified and critically examined.

Keywords: Integration, Learning, PSHE, Possibilities, Problems
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Sum Cho Po

senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology, Hong Kong Institution of Education
Taipo, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

Ref: I06P0093