Department of Education Studies
For centuries, Macau’s schooling has embraced laissez‐faire market principles, a stasis that from AY2016/17 is being changed by the government offering schools tuition coupons conditional on their adoption of a common school curriculum. A study of part of this new common curriculum, the development of a music curriculum for junior secondary schools in Macau, addresses three research questions: 1) What are music teachers’ perceptions and how do these frame the implementation of Macau’s common music curriculum? 2) Do participants’ expectations align with those of the central-government? 3) Do participants perceive they impact on or are impacted by this innovation? Discussion of the findings highlights a controversy about the role of teachers within curriculum development – should teachers be centre-staged (Lawton (2012 ) or is this view an oversimplification based on false assumptions of a social democratic tradition (Whitty (2012  & 1985)?
curriculum development, school music curriculum, music teachers, Macau, education change
Source Publication Title
International Journal of Music Education
Wong, Marina . . "Developing Macau’s junior secondary schools music curriculum." International Journal of Music Education (2018).