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ERIC Number: EJ1155579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1618-5293
Neoliberal Education? Comparing "Character" and Citizenship Education in Singapore and "Civics" and Citizenship Education in Australia
Neoh, Jia Ying
Journal of Social Science Education, v16 n3 p29-39 Fall 2017
Purpose: This paper compares citizenship education in Singapore and Australia. While discussions have been made about education and neoliberalism, few have explored the direct connections between citizenship education and neoliberalism. Approach: Though a discussion of country contexts, citizenship education policies and curriculum, "Character and Citizenship Education" in Singapore and "Civics and Citizenship education" in Australia are examined to explore the meanings of "Character education" and "Civics education" and their connections with "Citizenship education". Findings: The distinct use of terms for citizenship education suggests that the two countries hold different citizenship ideals. Set within the context of globalisation, the paper argues that some approaches towards citizenship education can inadvertently work towards supporting the goals of neoliberalism, which can be at odds with the classical tradition of democracy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore; Australia
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