Harmony, Diversity, and Multicultural Education in Singapore

20 March 2019 (Wed) , 6:00 PM
At Saga Lecture Theatre

A talk by Ho Li-Ching, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Political leaders create and modify stories and narratives in order to construct a form of social reality and provide a sense of continuity between the past, present, and future (Anderson 2003; Byman 2000; Gellner 2006). These narratives are incorporated into education systems and are then used to promote or legitimise national historical traditions, symbols, and values (Smith 1991; Hobsbawm 1994). She will draw on her research with teachers and students in Singapore to address these following questions:

  1. What are the dominant discourses and historical narratives about diversity in
    Singapore’s education system?
  2. What understandings do Singapore students and teachers have about diversity and multicultural education? How do these understandings relate to larger multicultural education discourses in other national contexts?
  3. What implications does this have for university faculty?

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