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ERIC Number: EJ810246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Youth Temporalities and the Cost of Singapore's Educational Success
Woo, Yen Yen Joyceln
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v29 n2 p159-178 Jun 2008
This article presents a different portrait of Singapore's educational success, using data collected from a qualitative in-depth interview study of a group of Singaporean youths, showing the cost of its education policies in terms of youth subjectivities. How the participants categorise their temporalities, that is, their lived experiences of time, shows how a modernistic temporality geared towards credentialist and materialist goals is regarded as more legitimate than temporalities such as creative becomings, engagement or coevalness. Juxtaposing the discourse of legitimate/illegitimate temporalities against the discourse of education reform, this article defamiliarises the ways in which temporalities are valorised. This article also highlights how, by promoting narrow forms of "love" for the country, and "creative" and "critical" thinking, educational reform can manage subjectivities to accept, rather than contest, existing personal, national, and global realities. (Contains 1 table and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore