The Role of Visual Arts education in Hong Kong in Response to Social Chanllenges under the New Senior Secondary Curriculum
Starting from 2000, Hong Kong has been undergoing a curriculum reform with a view to nurturing students' whole-person development and helping them cope with challenges of various aspects such as human relationship, economic structure, technological development, etc. In this connection, new curriculum frameworks of the basic education for all eight Key Learning Areas and/subjects including the Arts Education Key Learning Area and Visual Arts were issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in early 2000s.
To align with the reform in basic education and cope with the need of society, a new senior secondary education system and curriculum have been developed and will be implemented from 2009 school year onward. The new senior secondary Visual Arts curriculum thus has been revised in accordance with the basic education. This curriculum is different from the existing one in several ways. The paper will present the role of the new senior secondary Visual Arts curriculum and how it responds to social challenges.
Keywords: Visual Arts Curriculum, New Senior Secondary Curriculum, Curriculum Reform
Dr Vanessa Li
Senior Curriculum Development Officer (Visual Arts), Curriculum Development Institute