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ERIC Number: EJ941535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Civic Disparities: Exploring Students' Perceptions of Citizenship within Singapore's Academic Tracks
Ho, Li-Ching; Alviar-Martin, Theresa; Sim, Jasmine B.-Y.; Yap, Pui San
Theory and Research in Social Education, v39 n2 p203-237 Spr 2011
Drawing on individual interviews with 62 students from three secondary schools, the authors of this study investigate how Singapore students from different educational tracks understand their role as citizens in a democracy. In contrast to most countries, the constitutionally democratic state of Singapore explicitly assigns separate citizenship roles to students from different education tracks. Premised on the principle of meritocracy, the Singapore state has also developed separate citizenship education programs incorporating different values, skills, and knowledge for students from the academic and vocational tracks. The study illustrates sharp disparities in how citizenship and democracy is conceptualized by students from the different education tracks. The differences in civic efficacy, learning outcomes, knowledge, and skills also closely parallel the different goals of the social studies and citizenship education programs for students from the academic and vocational tracks. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore