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Citizenship education : 50 years of constructing and promoting national identity in schools’

Han, Christine (2015) Citizenship education : 50 years of constructing and promoting national identity in schools’. In: Singapore at 50. National University of Singapore Press, Singapore, -. ISBN - (In Press)

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Abstract

Singapore was meant to be state within Malaysia in the post-colonial era, but became unexpectedly independent in 1965. As a result, the political elite found themselves in a position of having to construct a Singapore nation. This chapter will look specifically at the construction of national identity through citizenship education in school. It will show how national identity is based the creation of a national ‘myth’. The process of ‘imagining’ this ‘myth’ involves the selection of a set of values and beliefs, and the construction of a historical narrative that complements and supplements this. The components of this ‘myth’ address different aspects of the individual – the personal and social, and the moral, civic and political. The chapter will also identify the aims that this ‘myth’ has served.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: citizenship education, imagining, mythmaking, civic nationalism, ethnic naitonalism, Singapore, national identity, Citizenship, Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:57
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