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Harmonizing a melody?! A critical study of moral and civic education policy of the non-tertiary education system in Macao
Vong,Sou Kuan
2016-01-04
Source PublicationAsian Education and Development Studies
ISSN2046-3162
Volume5Issue:1Pages:71-93
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a critical analysis of the policy of moral and civic education in the non-tertiary education system in Macao and to examine the kinds of citizens it prepares.

Design/methodology/approach – It is a qualitative research design informed by the Foucauldian concepts of “governmentality” and “technology of the self” to analyze the moral and civic education policy in Macao.

Findings – The governmentality or art of government of the moral and civic education policy in Macao is made possible by three strategies, namely “governmentalisation of the state,” construction of “moral and civic education as a field of actions” and creation of “social harmony as a new form of civic virtue.” Based on the disclosed governmentalities, three approaches adopted by the government are identified, “normalising the school system,” “educating the students” and “disciplining the scapegoats.” Through these approaches, two technologies of the self are identified, namely disciplinary power and bio-politics, which are used to prepare citizens. In Macao, it seems that there is a tension between the discourses of active democratic citizenship and patriotic education.

Research limitations/implications – The type of policy and theoretical analysis the author has adopted in investigating moral and civic education policy illuminates the local and national policy and, in so doing, creates opportunities for building comparative research on similar issues and their implications for education.

Social implications – This paper can contribute to the local discussion of the possibility of rewriting the meanings of citizenship.

Originality/value – This paper is comprehensive and can therefore provide a ground for further and future research.

KeywordGovernmentality Macao Moral And Civic Education National Education Patriotic Education Policy
DOI10.1108/AEDS-06-2015-0021
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Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000389336500006
PublisherEMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorVong,Sou Kuan
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Vong,Sou Kuan. Harmonizing a melody?! A critical study of moral and civic education policy of the non-tertiary education system in Macao[J]. Asian Education and Development Studies,2016,5(1):71-93.
APA Vong,Sou Kuan.(2016).Harmonizing a melody?! A critical study of moral and civic education policy of the non-tertiary education system in Macao.Asian Education and Development Studies,5(1),71-93.
MLA Vong,Sou Kuan."Harmonizing a melody?! A critical study of moral and civic education policy of the non-tertiary education system in Macao".Asian Education and Development Studies 5.1(2016):71-93.
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