Doing cultural studies and education between borders : the case of project learning in Hong Kong secondary schools

Yuen Fun, Muriel LAW

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For the past few decades, cultural studies scholars and critical educators in such contexts as North America, Australia and the UK have called upon their fellow scholars to cross disciplinary borders in framing and addressing educational issues. Inter-disciplinary work as such would recognize cultural studies as bodies of knowledges and approaches to be applied in new educational settings. It would also acknowledge the need for more and better studies of schooling in order to reflect on the problematics of the sites in their specific historical and institutional contexts. This paper discusses my earlier work that investigated a pedagogical issue of project learning in the Hong Kong senior secondary school subject Liberal Studies as a case of doing cultural studies and education between the disciplinary borders of the two fields. The paper examines the interdisciplinary conceptual-analytical framework of drama and the performative I adopted to understand the complex nature of project learning as a mode of learning. It ends by reflecting on the spaces such an interdisciplinary analytical framing might open for cultural studies' interventions into the schooling system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-254
Number of pages26
JournalCultural Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • cultural studies
  • education
  • project learning
  • the drama-performative lens
  • transformative practice

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