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Pre-primary education and Chinese language acquisition of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong: a multidisciplinary critical evaluation

Fozia Nazir Lone (School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)
Bonnie Wing-Yin Chow (Language and Cognition, University College London, London, UK) (Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 10 August 2021

Issue publication date: 13 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This review study focuses on the framework for pre-primary education and language acquisition for non-Chinese-speaking students (NCS students) from ethnic minority families (EM families) in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper adopts a multidisciplinary perspective that involves both assessing the broader governing framework and researching their specific needs. In its overview of the significant changes made in recent years and an exploration of the gaps in the framework, with reference to other jurisdictions, along with input from developmental psychology as it relates to the issues faced by NCS students.

Findings

This study contributes to the literature on how to shape further policies and reforms to optimize learning of NCS children in Hong Kong from a young age. This helps NCS students and families achieve their right to education and equal opportunities and schools to cater the needs of these students and families, which is essential to providing an enriched learning environment for our children regardless of their ethnicity.

Originality/value

This study uses multidisciplinary approach to study pre-primary education and Chinese language acquisition of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the anonymous external reviewers for their comments that improved the quality of this work.

Disclosure statement: The authors declare no competing interest.

Citation

Lone, F.N. and Chow, B.W.-Y. (2022), "Pre-primary education and Chinese language acquisition of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong: a multidisciplinary critical evaluation", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 691-701. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-04-2021-0081

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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