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Koh, A. (2004). Singapore education in ``New Times'': Global/local imperatives. Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education, 25(3), 335-349.

ABSTRACT. This paper critically examines recent education reform in Singapore launched under the rhetoric of ``Thinking Schools, Learning Nation'' (TSLN). I will make explicit the context and the premises underlying the new state-initiated TSLN education reform. I argue that the re-alignment of education change is a response to the trajectories of (global) economic conditions, concomitantly framed by (local) sociopolitical and cultural-ideological needs. Next, I tease out and critique the pedagogical problems and contradictions embedded in the TSLN education reform. The paper concludes by asking what critical perspectives can be drawn from the Singapore case vis-à-vis globalisation and education reform.

The recent restructuring of education policy can be aptly explained by recourse to an understanding of globalisation. However, we also need to understand the microhistories, cultures, and politics of local practices of educational restructuring as they are implicated in the multiple flows of globalisation. (Lingard, 2000, p. 79)

Koh, A. (2005). Imagining the Singapore "Nation" and "Identity": The role of the media and National Education. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 25(1), 75-91.

ABSTRACT. This article presents an analysis of two state ideological apparatuses in Singapore to understand how the city-state constructs its sense of nationhood and national identity. The analysis shows how Singapore uses the media to represent its impoverished national identity, and through a state-led curriculum intervention, uses National Education to re-mediate its lack of a national identity. The conclusion points to the difficulties and paradoxes of Singapore’s national project of constructing a preferred (national) identity over other identities.