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ERIC Number: EJ986670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1005
The Elusive Goal of Nation Building: Asian/Confucian Values and Citizenship Education in Singapore during the 1980s
Chia, Yeow Tong
British Journal of Educational Studies, v59 n4 p383-402 2011
The term "Asian values" became popular in the political discourse in the 1980s and 1990s. The most vocal proponents of Asian values are Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir and their deputies and government officials, as well as post-Tiananmen Chinese leaders. Most notable of all these three strands of the Asian values debate is the "Singapore School", which "comprises leaders who have articulated a defence of the Singapore regime, either in their personal or official capacities". This article discusses the origins and philosophical underpinnings of "Asian values" in the Singapore context and its relationship to civics education. First, it provides the historical context for the interest in Confucianism and Asian Values. It then looks at the role and use of Confucianism and Asian Values in Asia, before discussing the case of Singapore and Asian values. I explore the interconnections between changes in history, civics and social studies curricula, and the politics of the "Asian Values" discourse in Singapore which underpins these curricula. At the heart of the issue was the state's attempt to forge and articulate a Singaporean identity, and the role of citizenship/moral education in attaining this elusive nation building goal. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Hong Kong; Japan; Malaysia; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan