Why does one act differently from what one pledges? Multiple perspectives and independent enquiry study in liberal studies: 為甚麼我們做的並非是我們講的? : 通識教育的多角度思考與獨立專題研習

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Cynicism is a dominant cultural phenomenon in contemporary Hong Kong. It manifests itself as "one acts differently from what one pledges." It is not difficult to see this cynical culture in government policies and NGO projects. Even in education where honesty is much valued, one also witnesses the widespread cynical culture. This paper, drawing on the concept "cynicism" and focusing on two major objectives of the new senior secondary Liberal Studies curriculum, analyses why we act differently from what we pledge, in order to find ways to overcome the cynical mentality. 近年香港的一個主要文化現象,反映於我們正在做的事情,往往並非是我們所講想要達致的,也就是犬儒主義。政府推出的政策如是,不少民間團體的計劃也如是,甚至十分重視真誠的教育界,也不能幸免。本文借助犬儒主義這概念,以新高中通識教育課程的兩大目標為例,分析為何我們做的往往並非是我們講的,作為走出犬儒的第一步。
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages11
Journal青年研究學報 = Journal of Youth Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012



  • Cynicism
  • Independent enquiry study
  • Liberal Studies
  • Multiple perspectives
  • 多角度思考
  • 犬儒主義
  • 獨立專題研習
  • 通識教育

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