The Representations of Youth in Liberal Studies Student Works in Hong Kong

By Chitat Chan, Danping Wang and Kathy Wong.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The study explored whether the deficit approach to understanding youth, which has been widely critiqued in contemporary youth studies, could still be a dominant paradigm in the student works of an emerging curriculum emphasizing multiple-perspective thinking. The study analyzed the student works in the Enquiry Study Award Scheme organized by Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity), which was a region-wide competition awarding Liberal Studies (LS) student projects. The findings indicated that although there were diverse theoretical labels presented by the student works, a deficit approach to understanding youth was still a dominant paradigm. This also implied that negative representations of youth were not merely enforced by authoritative institutional discourses, but were partly supported and endorsed by the students themselves.

Keywords: Representations of Youth, Liberal Studies, Critical Thinking, Schools

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.245-256. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 913.521KB).

Dr. Chitat Chan

Instructor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chitat Chan received his PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London, researching in youth media practice. Chitat had worked as a school social worker, a school teacher and a manager in an IT-in-education company. He enables young people to explore personal and sociocultural issues through a variety of narrative forms, such as storytelling, dramas, photographs, videos and new media production. Chitat currently works as an Instructor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Danping Wang

Senior Research Assistant, Department of English, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Kathy Wong

Research Assistant, Department of English, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


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