Education Reform in Hong Kong


  • Chris Dowson Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Peter Bodycott Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Allan Walker The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • David Coniam The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Educational Change, Educational History, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Learning Disabilities, Professional Development, Standards


Since the early 1990s, the pace of educational reform in Hong Kong has accelerated and broadened to incorporate almost all areas of schooling. The reforms introduced during this period can be subsumed under what has generally been labelled the quality movement. In this paper, we review and comment on a number of policy reform initiatives in the four areas of "Quality Education," English Language Benchmarking, Initial Teacher Training and the Integration of Pupils with Special Needs into Ordinary Classrooms. Following a brief description of each policy initiative, the reforms are discussed in terms of their consistency, coherence and cultural fit.


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Author Biographies

Chris Dowson, Hong Kong Institute of Education Chris Dowson specializes in inclusion studies and communication. His research interests focus on hearing impairment, second language learning and quality indicators in education. He teaches courses on classroom practice and effective methods.

Peter Bodycott, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Peter Bodycott has taught in schools and higher education in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. His most recent teaching, research interest and publications focus on pre- service teacher thinking, second language learning and teaching, and the role of narrative in leadership and teacher education.

Allan Walker, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Allan Walker specializes in educational leadership and policy. His major research interests center on the influence of societal culture on educational administration and leadership, principal assessment and strategic planning in schools.

David Coniam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong David Coniam is a teacher educator, working with ESL teachers in Hong Kong secondary schools. His main publication and research interests are in language testing, computational linguistics and language teaching methodology.




How to Cite

Dowson, C., Bodycott, P., Walker, A., & Coniam, D. (2000). Education Reform in Hong Kong. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 8, 24.