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Education and the Nation State

The selected works of S. Gopinathan, 1st Edition

By S. Gopinathan


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In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. In a career spanning four decades, S. Gopinathan is considered by many to be a pillar of teacher education in Singapore. He has played a key role in the establishment and transformation of Singapore's education system, pioneering many programmes and advising on policy both nationally and internationally. In the process, he has contributed over 25 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 115 articles and book chapters to the field, and continues to inspire and empower younger colleagues in the region to challenge the cause for excellence in education and education reform.

In Education and the Nation State, S. Gopinathan brings together 14 of his key writings in one volume. Starting with a specially written introduction, which gives an overview of Gopinathan's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically, providing an overview not just of his own career, but also reflecting the development and key concerns of education in the nation state that is Singapore.

Table of Contents

Introduction Section One: Education and National Development 1. Education and development in Singapore (1995) 2. Preparing for the next rung: Economic restructuring and educational reform in Singapore (1999) 3. Globalization, the Singapore developmental state and education policy: A thesis revisited (2007) 4. Challenging and co-opting globalization: Singapore's strategies in higher education (2011) Section Two: Language and Values Education 5. Language policy changes 1979–1992: Politics and pedagogy (1994) 6. Ethnicity management and language education policy: Towards a modified model of language education in Singapore schools (2003) 7. Moral education in a plural society: A Singapore case study (1980) 8. New bearings for citizenship education in Singapore (2004) Section Three: Teacher Education 9. Teacher education in Singapore (2000) 10. Knowledge management, sustainable innovation and pre-service teacher education in Singapore (2008) 11. The teacher is the key: Professionalism and the strategic state (2002) Section Four: Knowledge Indigenization 12. Excerpts of Intellectual dependency and the indigenization response: Case studies of three disciplines in two third world universities, Chapter 2, Ph.D thesis (1984) 13. School effectiveness and school improvement in Singapore: An East Asian perspective (2006) 14. Reclaiming tradition: Implications of a knowledge indigenization perspective for Asian education (2012)

About the Author

S. Gopinathan was formerly Dean of Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and also Adjunct Professor at UniSIM.

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Comparative