Creating Socially Responsible Citizens: Cases from the Asia-Pacific Region


John J. Cogan and David L. Grossman (eds.)

Research in Social Education


Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Available From: Information Age Publishing, Inc. (IAP)
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61735-93-8 (paper); 978-1-61735-954-5 (hardcover)
Binding: paper
Pages: x, 170


Creating Socially Responsible Citizens: Cases from the Asia-Pacific Region originates from a collaborative research initiative to examine how various societies in the Asia-Pacific Region construct moral and civic education, and to what extent these systems achieve the democratic objective of creating socially responsible citizens. In many western societies there is at least a rhetorical tendency to separate the moral and civic dimensions of citizenship education, and in some cases to exclude the moral dimension from the discourse of preparing citizens.

However, as cross-societal dialogues and research about citizenship education have increased in the past two decades, scholars have identified differences in the emphasis put on the moral dimension of citizenship education across the Asia-Pacific region. In many predominantly Confucian, Islamic and Buddhist societies, for example, the emphasis on the moral dimension of citizenship education is explicit, and in some cases, central.

While awareness of a divide, or perhaps more appropriately a continuum in the role of moral versus civic education in democratic societies has been recognized for some time, to our knowledge Creating Socially Responsible Citizens marks the first effort of this scope to address the issue of the moral/civic divide in citizenship education. Thus, through a cross-cultural dialogue across societies in the Asia-Pacific Region, Creating Socially Responsible Citizens addresses the issue of whether elements of both civic and moral education can be effectively joined to create a "socially responsible" citizen.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Teaching for Social Justice across the Curriculum: Connecting Theory and Practice
    3. The Development of Civic and Moral Education in Hong Kong's Changing Context
    4. Governance and Self-Governance in Macao: Is There a Pathway to Socially Responsible Citizens?
    5. Educating Socially Responsible Citizens: A View from Hawai'i
    6. Local Governments as Promoters of Citizenship Education: A Case Study of Shinagawa City, Tokyo
    7. Challenges and Opportunities for Citizenship Education in the Changing Society of South Korea
    8. Citizenship Education in Mexico
    9. Epilogue

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