Work Based Learning in a Senior Secondary School in Hong Kong

By Peter Kell, Susan HA Yuen-yung, Rupert Maclean, Francisco Wai Kee Wong, Benjamin SO Hiu Chun and Linnie WONG Koon Lin.

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The Hong Kong senior secondary school system is currently involved in a major reform process. The reform process involves expanding access and offering a broader range of curriculum choices for students including options for vocational education. This is a major challenge in a society where is an emphasis on examination based academic studies and where vocational education is assigned a low status.
This paper explores the initiatives of CCC Kung Lee College, an independent high school in Hong Kong, in introducing work-based learning as part of the new reforms to senior schooling.
The College in partnership with the Centre for Lifelong learning Research and Developments at the Hong Kong Institute of Education successfully applied for a Quality Education Funds to implement vocational education programs using work-based learning in hospitality and tourism, IT and business studies.
The paper using data from participants in schools and industry describes the processes of introducing work-based learning. The key challenges of introducing vocational education into schools in Hong Kong as well as the dynamics of change and reform in secondary schooling is described in this paper and several recommendations have been made.

Keywords: Work Based Learning, Vocational Education in Schools, Senior Secondary School, Applied Learning, Career Related Education, Hong Kong Schooling

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.385-404. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 897.421KB).

Dr. Peter Kell

Professor, School of Education, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

Peter Kell is Professor and Head of the School of Education at Charles Darwin University

Susan HA Yuen-yung

Principal, CCC Kung Lee College, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Ms HA Yuen-yung, Susan is the principal of CCC Kung Lee College.

Prof. Rupert Maclean

Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Rupert Maclean is a chair Professor in International Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development.

Dr. Francisco Wai Kee Wong

Executive Officer, Work Based Learning Project, CCC Kung Lee College, Hong Kong

Mr WONG Wai Kee, Francisco is the executive officer of the work based learning project at CCC Kung Lee College, Hong Kong.

Benjamin SO Hiu Chun

Research Assistant, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

SO Hiu Chun, Benjamin is the research assistant Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Hong Kong.

Linnie WONG Koon Lin

Research Assistant, Work Based Learning Project, CCC Kung Lee College, Hong Kong

Ms WONG Koon Lin, Linnie is the research assistant of the work based learning project at CCC Kung Lee College. Hong Kong.

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