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:
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