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Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum

From Policy to Classroom

Deng, Zongyi, S, Gopinathan, Lee, Christine Kim-Eng (Eds.)

2013, XXII, 279 p. 8 illus. in color.

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  • Systematically analyzes the nature and character of the Singapore curriculum within the context of the system’s current aspirations and reform initiatives
  • Examines how reform initiatives reflect, on the one hand global features and tendencies, and, on the other, distinct national traditions, concerns and practices
  • Details challenges that concern policymakers and reformers in Singapore and are also of interest to policymakers, educators, and researchers in other countries

This volume provides a multi-faceted and critical analysis of the Singapore curriculum in relation to globalization. First, it details reform initiatives established by the Singapore government to meet the challenges posed by globalization. Next, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum presents how these reforms have been translated into programs, school subjects and operational frameworks and then examines, in turn, how well these have been implemented in schools and classrooms across the country.

Through this examination, the book reveals how the initiatives, together with their curricular translation and classroom enactment, reflect on the one hand global features and tendencies and, on the other, distinct national traditions, concerns and practices. It brings to light a set of issues, problems and challenges that not only concern policymakers, educators and reformers in Singapore but also those in other countries as well.

Written by curriculum scholars, policy analysts, researchers and teacher educators, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum offers an up-to-date reference for postgraduate students, scholars and researchers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, comparative education, educational sociology, educational policy and leadership in Singapore, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. It also offers a vital contribution to the story of modern education around the globe: providing international students, scholars and researchers valuable insights into curriculum and curriculum reform for the 21st century.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 21st century schooling - Curriculum development - Education globalization - Education policy - Educational reform - Singapore curriculum - Singapore schooling

Related subjects » Education & Language

Table of contents 

Series Editors' Foreward

Foreward by F. Michael Connelly

1. Introduction

Section 1 - Globalization, Curriculum Reform, Vision and  Discourses

2. Globalization, the State and Curriculum Reform

3. Aims of Schooling For The 21st Century: The Desired Outcomes of Education
Jason TAN

4. A Vision of  Schooling for the 21st Century: Thinking Schools and Learning Nation
Aaron KOH

Section 2 - Translating Reform Initiatives into Programmes, School Subjects and Operational Frameworks

5. National Education: Framing the Citizenship Curriculum for Singapore Schools
Jasmine B-Y. SIM

6. Recontextualising Critical Thinking in the Singapore Curriculum
Leonel LIM

7. Teach Less, Learn More: Lost in Translation
Juin Ee TEO,  Zongyi DENG, Christine Kim Eng LEE and Christina LIM-RATNAM

Section 3 -  Enacting Reform Initiatives in Classrooms

8. Visible Learning and the Enacted Curriculum in Singapore
David HOGAN, Dennis KWEK, Phillip TOWNDROW, Ridzuan abdul RAHIM, Teck Kiang TAN, Han Jing YANG and Melvin CHAN

9. Working Through The Layers: Curriculum Implementation in Language Education

10. National and Global Citizenship Education: Case Studies from Two Singapore Social Studies Classrooms
Li-Ching HO

11. Enacting Teach Less, Learn More in Mathematics Classrooms: The Case of Productive Failure
Manu KAPUR and Huey Woon LEE

Section 4 - International, Comparative and Future Perspectives

12. Singapore’s School Curriculum for the Future: Beyond National Development?

13. Reforming Curriculum in Singapore and Hong Kong
S. GOPINATHAN and Michael H. LEE

14. The Development of a Future-oriented Citizenship Curriculum in Singapore: Convergence of Character and Citizenship Education and Curriculum 2015
Wing On LEE


15. The Singapore Curriculum: Convergence, Divergence, Issues and Challenges
Zongyi DENG, S. GOPINATHAN and Christine Kim Eng LEE

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