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Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom

Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom
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   Springer Education Innovation Book Series Series Editors Wing On LEEDavid Wei Loong HUNGLaik Woon TEH  Executive Editor  Siao See TENG For further volumes:   Aims and Scope - Springer Education Innovation Book Series Education holds the key to unlock human resources that a society needs to survive and flourish. This is particularly salient in a borderless knowledge economy. For the past decades, the sterling performance of economies such as Hong Kong, Finland, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan in international studies (e.g. TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA) has channeled much attention away from the traditional centers of education research in America and Western Europe. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners all over the world wish to understand how education innovations propel the emerging systems from good to great to excellent, and how different their trajectories were compared to the systems in America and Western Europe. The  Education Innovation Book Series  , published by Springer, will delve into education innovations enacted by the Singapore education system and situate them in both the local and the boarder international contexts. Primary focus will be given to pedagogy and classroom practices; education policy formulation and implementation; school and instructional leadership; and the context and interface between education research, policy and practice. We believe that the latter is critical in making education innovations come to bear. Each volume will document insights and lessons learned based on empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical analyses. Implications to research, policy and professional practice will be surfaced through comparing and synthesizing Singapore’s experience with those of successful systems around the world. The audience of the edited volumes and monographs published in this series includes researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and students in the fields of education and teacher education, and public policies related to learning and human resources. Series Editors Wing On LEEDavid Wei Loong HUNGLaik Woon TEH Office of Education Research National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore   Executive Editor Siao See TENG Office of Education Research National Institute of Education    Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore     Zongyi Deng • S. Gopinathan Christine Kim- Eng Lee Editors Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum From Policy to Classroom   ISBN 978-981-4451-56-7 ISBN 978-981-4451-57-4 (eBook) DOI 10.1007/978-981-4451-57-4 Springer Singapore Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London Library of Congress Control Number: 2013953579 © Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2013 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. Exempted from this legal reservation are brief excerpts in connection with reviews or scholarly analysis or material supplied specifically for the purpose of being entered and executed on a computer system, for exclusive use by the purchaser of the work. Duplication of this publication or parts thereof is permitted only under the provisions of the Copyright Law of the Publisher’s location, in its current version, and permission for use must always be obtained from Springer. Permissions for use may be obtained through RightsLink at the Copyright Clearance Center. Violations are liable to prosecution under the respective Copyright Law. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. While the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication, neither the authors nor the editors nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein. Printed on acid-free paper Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media (  Editors Zongyi Deng National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University Singapore Christine Kim-Eng Lee National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University Singapore S. Gopinathan National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University Singapore  v  Series Editors’ Foreword We are very pleased to present Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom  coedited by Zongyi Deng, S. Gopinathan, and Christine Lee, as one of the first launching books of the Springer Series of Education and Innovation in Singapore. The Series has been designed to present to international readers the various aspects of education development in Singapore. In this volume, the editors have chosen a significant task, to look into how Singapore’s curriculum development interacts with various levels of agenda including globalization and national policies and how curriculum implementation in the classroom is characterized by a myriad of these interactions. By choosing such a theme, the editors have taken a broad perspective towards curriculum, whereby curriculum can be investigated from the perspectives of policy curriculum, programmatic curriculum, and classroom curriculum. Indeed curriculum is more than teaching contents, and there are indeed pedagogical principles behind it. These pedagogical principles also reflect societal values and expectations and will illustrate the skills and values demanded of the younger generation that have to be elicited through curriculum design and its implementation. As Michael Connelly points out, this is a distinguished book with a host of authorships coming from Singapore who “know the business.” From our point of view, this book is especially valuable as it is a platform for academic dialogue between international and local authors through which “insider-outsider” perspectives are provided. The interwoven dialogue between authors is compelling to the degree that if each chapter were read anonymously, its international or local author representations would be hardly distinguishable. The valuable insight gained from the experience of organizing this book is that the Singapore authors are quite international in their approach as they all master the literature base comprehensively. Likewise, the international authors invited to participate in this project also demonstrate that they “know the business” through the ways they intricately and sophisticatedly analyze certain aspects of the Singapore curriculum. In this book, readers can expect to read about how Singapore interacts with globalization, and it is quite clearly illustrated from the various chapters that although Singapore is physically a small island, its influence at the globalization
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