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The moral education curriculum for junior high schools in 21st century China

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Abstract:

Taking the increasing implementation and practice of 'quality-oriented education' as the background to the current reform, the paper outlines moral education in the Chinese junior high school over the last 25 years. It offers a brief review of a few theoretical and empirical research projects which have had some influence on the 2003 reform of the course of Ideology and Morality. It describes: three basic principles behind this new curriculum, focusing on the developing lives of students; curriculum characteristics with ideological, humanistic, practical and integrative dimensions; and the objectives of developing feelings, attitudes and value orientations, competencies and knowledge. The curriculum is illustrated by four textbook and class-based examples of respect for parents, self-esteem, environmental awareness and being a responsible citizen, which offer some insights into contemporary moral education with distinctive Chinese characteristics. Finally, the paper gives an overview of the significance of the moral education curriculum reform and of its ongoing challenges.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0305724042000327993

Affiliations: China National Institute for Educational Research Beijing People's Republic of China

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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