Explaining Hong Kong students' international achievement in civic learning

Kerry J. Kennedy, Lijuan Li

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This study identifies predictors of Hong Kong students' civic learning. It has adopted a cross-sectional quantitative design using secondary data from the 2009 International Civics and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2009; Schulz et al., 2010). Multi-level analysis reveals that most of the variance in student achievement can be accounted for by school level rather than individual level factors. Student background variables are largely insignificant suggesting the resilience of many Hong Kong students. Regarding Hong Kong students' achievements in civic learning, a possible explanation is made and implications are developed for both theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-321
Number of pages23
JournalFrontiers of Education in China
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • agents
  • civic learning
  • multi-level analysis
  • political socialization
  • school context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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