Why is values education still so controversial? a comparison of recent curriculum controversies in Quebec, New South Wales, and Hong Kong

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“Values education” broadly refers to educational programs and curricula that are focused on the promotion of particular ideals of the good, such as moral, political, and religious education. While there is considerable support for values education, it has long been subject to controversy, which can be a barrier to its successful implementation in schools. I examine recent school curriculum controversies in Quebec (2008-current); New South Wales (2010-current); and Hong Kong (2012-2012), focusing on how concerns about indoctrination were a key source of the controversy in each case, despite considerable differences in the social-cultural contexts and the intended curricula and pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2020
EventOceania Comparative and International Education Society Conference 2020: Festival of OCIES - Online/Virtual Conference, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 202011 Dec 2020
Conference number: 48th


ConferenceOceania Comparative and International Education Society Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleOCIES 2020
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  • values education
  • indoctrination
  • comparative education
  • curriculum and pedagogy

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