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Citizenship Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific

Grossman, David L., Lee, Wing On, Kennedy, Kerry J. (Eds.)

Jointly published with Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong

2008, XII, 268 p.

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  • Expands the study of citizenship education curriculum to the world’s most dynamic region and societies
  • Presents a complex picture that shows an interesting array of both similarities and differences in approaches to the citizenship education curriculum across the region
  • Provides new insights into the global, national, and local dynamics that shape citizenship education across Asia and the Pacific
  • Reveals critical tensions between global and national forces over the shaping of the citizenship education curriculum

Based on case studies of 11 societies in the world’s most dynamic region, this book signals a new direction of study at the intersection of citizenship education and the curriculum. Following their successful volume, Citizenship Education in Asia and the Pacific: Concepts and Issues (published as No. 14 in this series), the editors, widely regarded as leaders in the field in the Asia-Pacific region, have gone beyond broad citizenship education frameworks to examine the realities, tensions and pressures that influence the formation of the citizenship curriculum. Chapter authors from different societies have addressed two fundamental questions: (1) how is citizenship education featured in the current curriculum reform agenda in terms of both policy contexts and values; and (2) to what extent do the reforms in citizenship education reflect current debates within the society? From comparative analysis of these 11 case studies the editors have found a complex picture of curriculum reform that indicates deep tensions between global and local agendas. On one hand, there is substantial evidence of an increasingly common policy rhetoric in the debates about citizenship education. On the other, it is evident that this discourse does not necessarily extend to citizenship curriculum, which in most places continues to be constructed according to distinctive social, political and cultural contexts. Whether the focus is on Islamic values in Pakistan, an emerging discourse about Chinese ‘democracy’, a nostalgic conservatism in Australia, or a continuing nation-building project in Malaysia – the cases show that distinctive social values and ideologies construct national citizenship curricula in Asian contexts even in this increasingly globalized era.

This impressive collection of case studies of a diverse group of societies informs and enriches understanding of the complex relationship between citizenship education and the curriculum both regionally and globally.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ideologie - Nation - citizenship education - comparative education - curriculum - education

Related subjects » Education & Language - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

List of Tables List of Figures List of Abbreviations Series Editor’s Foreword Introduction, David L. Grossman Conceptual Overview Globalised Economies and Liberalised Curriculum: New Challenges for National Citizenship Education, Kerry J. Kennedy East Asia The Development of Citizenship Education Curriculum in Hong Kong after 1997: Tensions between National Identity and Global Citizenship, Wing On Lee Taiwan’s New Citizenship Curriculum: Changes and Challenges, Shiowlan Doong Citizenship Curriculum in China: A Shifting Discourse towards Chinese Democracy, Law Education and Psychological Health, Minghua Zhong and Wing On Lee Citizenship Education Curriculum in Japan, Kazuko Otsu South/Southeast Asia The Anatomy of an Islamic Model: Citizenship Education in Pakistan, Iftikhar Ahmad Citizenship Discourse in the Context of Decentralisation: The Case of Indonesia, Mary Fearnley-Sander and Ella Yulaelawati The Building of a Nation and Ideas of Nationhood: Citizenship Education in Malaysia,, Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid Political Pragmatism and Citizenship Training in Singapore, Tai Wei Tan and Lee Chin Chew Pacific Rim Democracy at a Crossroads: Political Tensions Concerning Educating for Citizenship in the United States, Thomas Scott and John J. Cogan More Civics, Less Democracy: Competing Discourses for Citizenship Education in Australia, Kerry J. Kennedy 'Creative and Innovative Citizenry': Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Citizenship Education in New Zealand, Carol Mutch Reflective Analysis Tensions and Contentions in Citizenship Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific, Wing On Lee Contributors References Index

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