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ERIC Number: EJ968907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Educational Reforms, Cultural Clashes and Classroom Practices
Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan; Silver, Rita Elaine
Cambridge Journal of Education, v42 n2 p141-161 2012
This article presents an ongoing study of educational policy enactment in Singapore lower primary English classrooms. It explores how teachers react to and interpret educational reforms in their classroom practices against a backdrop of traditional cultural values. Using a prescribed coding scheme, the article presents the instructional organisational patterns and participation structures of the lessons. Through a systematic analysis of the enacted curricula, the paper examines classroom practices as well as teaching and learning activities in Primary 1 (7-8 years) and Primary 2 (8-9 years) English lessons in Singapore. The results suggest that there are cultural clashes between major educational reforms which emphasise independent/critical thinking and "Asian values" which promote respect for authority and conformity. (Contains 4 notes, 3 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore