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Educational reforms, cultural clashes and classroom practices

Curdt-Christiansen, X. L. and Silver, R. E. (2012) Educational reforms, cultural clashes and classroom practices. The Cambridge Journal of Education, 42 (2). pp. 141-161. ISSN 1469-3577

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2012.676631


This article presents an ongoing study of educational policy enactment in Singapore lower primary English classrooms. It explores how teachers react to and interpret educational reforms in their classroom practices against a backdrop ofvtraditional cultural values. Using a prescribed coding scheme, the article presents the instructional organisational patterns and participation structures of the lessons.Through a systematic analysis of the enacted curricula, the paper examines classroom practices as well as teaching and learning activities in Primary 1 (7–8 years) and Primary 2 (8–9 years) English lessons in Singapore. The results suggest that there are cultural clashes between major educational reforms which emphasise independent/critical thinking and ‘Asian values’ which promote respect for authority and conformity.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:33575
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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