ERIC Number: EJ962242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
The Burden of Responsibility: Elite Students' Understandings of Civic Participation in Singapore
Sim, Jasmine B.-Y.
Educational Review, v64 n2 p195-210 2012
Elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew maintains that a society ruled by elites is necessary to provide for high growth and social progress. Elitism conjures a class divide; an ongoing concern is a disconnection between elite and the citizens it has to represent. In the tradition of political socialization, and using the case study approach, this article reports on how a group of 22 elite students understand civic participation, and are prepared to undertake their role as citizens. Findings reveal that students are prepared to undertake their responsibility as future leaders to serve the community. Their discourse however is system-confirming and maintains class interests. With globalization and widening income inequalities, this is an inadequate response to the ideals of "justice and equality" laid out in the national pledge. A more just and equal society requires a participation characterized by greater awareness of the surrounding, empathy, and a sense of social justice.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Socialization, Global Approach, Ideology, Foreign Countries, Social Responsibility, Citizen Participation, Case Studies, Social Class, Citizenship, Context Effect, Cultural Context, Governance, Interviews, Single Sex Schools, Student Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Social Structure, Secondary School Students, Females
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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