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A critical discourse analysis of the mission statement of education in Singapore
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Sng, B. B. (2001, December). A critical discourse analysis of the mission statement of education in Singapore. Paper presented at the AARE Conference, Fremantle, Australia.
The history, politics, social circumstances and economics can have a deep influence in shaping the aims and ideology of education in a nation. This is especially the case for a small nation like Singapore where people are the only resource she has to ensure a growing economy. The first part of this paper gives a brief history as well as social, political and economic background of the country, showing how these factors shape the aims, focus and ideology of education. A linguistic tool, discourse analysis, is applied to the examination of two articles: a speech by the Minister of Education in Singapore on the direction of Higher Education, and a Missions Statement, produced by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, to understand the ideology of education embedded in these articles. An analysis is then made on the implications that such an ideology have on management of Higher Education. This is then compared to views on educational management found in other writings.
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