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Singapore preschool teachers’ responses to the introduction of a framework for a kindergarten curriculum in the context of 3 preschool settings

Ang, Lynn (2008) Singapore preschool teachers’ responses to the introduction of a framework for a kindergarten curriculum in the context of 3 preschool settings. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 2 (1). pp. 55-81. ISSN 1976-1961. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper is based on a British Academy funded research project on teachers' responses to the introduction of the Singapore preschool curriculum entitled A Framework for a Kindergarten Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2003). 15 teachers from 3 preschools were interviewed and their views analysed to identify issues in the implementation of the new curriculum. The teachers in this study welcomed the curriculum but had reservations about it. For them, the three main issues were limitations in funding and resources, a need for training, and the expectations of parents for a more formal approach to the curriculum. The cultural and economic context in which the preschools are located seem to have some influence on the teachers' ability to implement the Framework and on how the curriculum is delivered to children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper emerged from a British Academy research grant award (2008) which I was the Principal Investigator, focusing on exploring practitioners’ responses to the Singapore kindergarten curriculum. Project title: ‘Singapore pre-school practitioners’ responses to A Framework for a Kindergarten Curriculum’.
Controlled Keywords: curriculum; national policy; teachers' views; Singapore kindergarten, Curriculum and subjects, Early years, Practitioners
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 13:47
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:03
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