1st Edition

Education and the Nation State The selected works of S. Gopinathan

By S. Gopinathan Copyright 2013
    272 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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)


    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.