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Title: The ecologies of civic competence: Students' perceptions from one Singapore school
Authors: Alviar-Martin, Theresa
Ho, Li-Ching
Sim, Jasmine Boon-Yee
Yap, Pui-San
Keywords: Civic education
Secondary students
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Alviar-Martin, T., Ho, L. C., Sim, J. B. -Y., & Yap, P. -S. (2012). The ecologies of civic competence: Students' perceptions from one Singapore school. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 32(4), 473-488.
Abstract: A growing body of research suggests that traditional assessments of democratic participation overlook students’ present realities, and fail to capture the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to resolve public issues in the 21st century. Addressing these concerns, we employed an interpretive perspective in examining students’ perceptions of civic competence in one Singaporean school. Analyses of qualitative data reveal students’ perceived lack of civic competence to effect systemic change within their school environment and in the larger political arena. This perceived lack of civic competence can be attributed largely to rigid and hierarchical classroom, school and political structures, and the pragmatic focus of Singapore society. We discuss findings in light of civic education research, policy and practice.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at:
ISSN: 0218-8791
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/02188791.2012.739786
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