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Article: Early childhood education voucher in Hong Kong: Perspectives from online communities

TitleEarly childhood education voucher in Hong Kong: Perspectives from online communities
Authors
KeywordsEarly Education Vouchers
Hong Kong
Policy
Issue Date2008
Citation
International Journal Of Early Childhood, 2008, v. 40 n. 2, p. 49-63 How to Cite?
AbstractEducational authorities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of China introduced an early childhood education voucher system in 2007 with two implicit goals: To turn profit kindergartens into non-profit ones and to curtail parental choice. This initiative has caused a great deal of controversy locally and internationally, so the development of the voucher theory and practice in the Chinese context has become an interesting case to study. To investigate public views in Hong Kong on how well this voucher scheme adapts to local needs and to the local context, we collected Internet posts and analysed all the views presented in both Chinese and English virtual communities. Content and statistical analyses were conducted on the search results, and it was found that (1) there is overwhelming support for the voucher system; and (2) there is a range of opposing or supporting opinions and rationales on the two implicit goals. Based on the results, this unique Hong Kong voucher scheme is judged to be a rationally localised development of the voucher theory. The sociocontextual factors that shape the policy-making process are discussed, and the implications of this policy beyond Hong Kong and the field of ECE are also addressed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175468
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.407
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dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, JMSen_US
dc.contributor.authorWang, XCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T08:58:51Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-26T08:58:51Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Early Childhood, 2008, v. 40 n. 2, p. 49-63en_US
dc.identifier.issn0020-7187en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175468-
dc.description.abstractEducational authorities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of China introduced an early childhood education voucher system in 2007 with two implicit goals: To turn profit kindergartens into non-profit ones and to curtail parental choice. This initiative has caused a great deal of controversy locally and internationally, so the development of the voucher theory and practice in the Chinese context has become an interesting case to study. To investigate public views in Hong Kong on how well this voucher scheme adapts to local needs and to the local context, we collected Internet posts and analysed all the views presented in both Chinese and English virtual communities. Content and statistical analyses were conducted on the search results, and it was found that (1) there is overwhelming support for the voucher system; and (2) there is a range of opposing or supporting opinions and rationales on the two implicit goals. Based on the results, this unique Hong Kong voucher scheme is judged to be a rationally localised development of the voucher theory. The sociocontextual factors that shape the policy-making process are discussed, and the implications of this policy beyond Hong Kong and the field of ECE are also addressed.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Early Childhooden_US
dc.subjectEarly Education Vouchersen_US
dc.subjectHong Kongen_US
dc.subjectPolicyen_US
dc.titleEarly childhood education voucher in Hong Kong: Perspectives from online communitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, H: huili@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/BF03165839en_US
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dc.identifier.volume40en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
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