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Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1751-1917
  • E-ISSN: 1751-1925


By comparison with other jurisdictions, for a long time Macau has had an atypical education system and an absence of an official curriculum. Significant socio-political changes from the mid-1980s onwards caused moral and civic education to become an official goal of education reform. In 1995, the government published official syllabuses for moral and civic education at both primary and secondary level for the first time. This article analyses these syllabuses with a special reference to the domains of morality and citizenship. Moral and civic education initially develops students' traditional moral concepts and good habits, and gradually proceeds to understanding the relationships between individuals and groups in different settings. The civic outlook promoted converges with the tradition of 'communitarianism' in the West. Using Macau, one special Chinese society, as a case study, this article illustrates a fusion of Chinese morality and western citizenship, as well as the tensions involved.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): China; citizenship; civic education; Macau; morality; western
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