National education as a 'civics' literacy in a globalized world: the challenges facing education in Singapore

Tony Rossi*, Mary Ryan

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the idea of national education in Singapore. National education, broadly speaking, is a civics programme which seeks to instil a sense of place, identity and history in young Singaporeans with a view to developing national pride and commitment. We set this discussion against the backdrop of globalization and the idea of wired communities and argue that any civics programme needs to be more than simply a nationalistic agenda. To do this we have framed national education in Singapore as a civics literacy informed by the idea of multiliteracies. In doing so, we suggest that the pedagogical work of such an approach can help to sustain the nation state of Singapore yet place the civics agenda on a global stage where national education might be seen more appropriately as global education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-174
Number of pages14
JournalDiscourse
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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