Changing the Curriculum

The Impact of Reform on Primary Schooling in Hong Kong


Edited by Bob Adamson, Tammy Kwan, and Ka-ki Chan

ISBN : 978-962-209-522-9


November 2000

332 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$190.00

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. After an initial phase of confusion and criticism, this ambitious reform was revamped and vigorously promoted, but within a few years, it totally lost momentum as other educational issues attracted the attention of policy-makers.

This book traces the career of TOC and studies the impact of the reform on the education system, subjects, schools and teachers. Drawing on a four-year multi-level research project, the chapters provide a deep understanding of the complex nature of educational reform and how a new curriculum is interpreted, developed and implemented. Besides providing a fascinating portrayal of the experiences of the TOC reform, this book offers lessons for future curriculum change in Hong Kong and elsewhere. ‘This’, writes Ivor Goodson in the Foreword, ‘is curriculum research at its best.’

Bob Adamson and Tammy Kwan are Associate Professors in the Department of Curriculum Studies, the University of Hong Kong. Ka-ki Chan is Chief Executive of the Curriculum Development Institute, Education Department of the Hong Kong SAR.