Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

Edited by Cynthia Joseph, Julie Matthews

© 2014 – Routledge

216 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia addresses the ways in which colonial histories, nationalist impulses and forces of globalization shape equity and access to education in Southeast Asia. Although increasingly identified as a regional grouping (ASEAN), Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines are known for their vastly different state structures, political regimes, political economies and ethnocultural and religious demography.

The expert contributors to this volume investigate educational access and equity for citizens, ethnic and religious minorities, and indigenous people within these countries. The subject of education is framed within the broader national and local challenges of achieving equity and social justice.

This book examines the dimensions of (post)colonialism, nationalism, and globalisation as played out within different international educational contexts. Chapters include:

  • Understanding the Cultural Politics of Southeast Asian Education through Postcolonial Theory
  • Downplaying Difference: Representations of Diversity in Contemporary Burmese Schools and Educational Equity
  • Learner Centered Pedagogy in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste: For the Benefit of the Learner or the Learned
  • Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation: Education in Colonial and Postcolonial Cambodia
  • Change and Continuity in the History of Vietnamese Higher Education
  • Colonization by Stealth: The Case of Thailand
  • Education Politics in Postcolonial Malaysia: Ethnicity, Difference and Inequalities
  • The Singapore Education Journey: From Colonialism to Globalism

Reviews

Cynthia Joseph and Julie Matthews have assembled an accessible and informative set of chapters on post-colonial education in Southeast Asia. There is a liveliness and theoretical sharpness about the book which lifts it above other collections of country chapters, and it is great to see the region receiving the attention it deserves. Education in Southeast Asian countries is very dynamic, shaped as it is between multiple influences: modernising states, indigenous traditions, colonial legacies (expertly dissected here), the global economy, rising China, aid and business from Korea and Japan, emerging India. Cultural issues have been brought to the front of the analysis here, allowing the commonalities and differences across Southeast Asia to be effectively explored. The editors provide an authoritative summary and there are succinct, engaging reflections on each of the principal systems. - Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education, Institute of Education in London, and Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education

"The political and economic reintegration of Southeast Asia led by ASEAN and other regional organization is spurring some interesting scholarly work looking into historical and contemporary transnational linkages across the region. This book, which charts the educational history of the region over centuries, is an excellent addition to that growing body of work. The two opening chapters by the editors provide very interesting historical overviews of the varied forms of traditional educational systems, colonialism and postcolonialism across the region. These provide the context for the chapters that follow, which each tackle a particular issue in one country. … a very good introduction to the volume, especially for readers new to the educational history of the region." - Christopher Ziguras, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Ancient and Colonial Southeast Asia: Cultural and Educational Contexts Cynthia Joseph 2. Understanding the Cultural Politics of Southeast Asian Education through Postcolonial Theory Cynthia Joseph and Julie Matthews 3. Downplaying Difference: Representations of diversity in contemporary Burmese schools and educational equity Brooke A. Treadwell 4. Learner Centered Pedagogy in Post-conflict Timor-Leste: For the benefit of the learner or the learned Ritesh Shah 5. Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation: Education in Colonial and Postcolonial Cambodia Khatharya Um 6. Change and Continuity in the history of Vietnamese Higher Education Elizabeth St George 7. Colonization by Stealth: The Case of Thailand Edward Rush 8. Paradoxes of Discrimination Policies and Educational Attainment: Chinese Indonesians in Contemporary Indonesia Dewi Susanti 9. Education Politics in Postcolonial Malaysia: Ethnicity, Difference and Inequalities Cynthia Joseph 10. The Singapore Education Journey: From Colonialism to Globalism Catherine Chua Sew Kheng and William Choy 11. Unraveling the Palimpset: Cultural Layers of Discomfort through Three Southeast Asian Literary Texts in English Lily Rose Tope

About the Editors

Cynthia Joseph is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia.

Julie Matthews is an Associate Professor at the School of Education in The University of Adelaide, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDU043000
EDUCATION / Comparative
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies