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Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 41–50 | Cite as

Political ideology and Taiwanese school curricula

  • Ya -Chen Su
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Abstract

Taiwanese textbooks play a central role in Taiwanese education. In the wake of the political reform and social protest movements of the 1970s and 1980s that prompted Taiwanese educational reform, critics have charged that traditional curricula tend to reinforce the dominant national Chinese cultural identity. The purpose of this article is to review recent research on the complex ideological processes in Taiwan’s school curriculum. The article begins with an overview of the political and social impact on social studies curricula in Taiwan from 1949 to the present, followed by a theoretical discussion of the interrelationship between school curriculum and political ideology using an analysis of Taiwanese textbooks as evidence. The article then suggests a number of classroom practices and methodologies for elementary and secondary school teachers in social studies classes.

Key Words

Political ideology social studies curriculum the political social impacts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied EnglishSouthern Taiwan University of TechnologyTainanTaiwan

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