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Title: Crossing boundaries: An exploration of how three Social Studies teachers understand and teach patriotism in Singapore
Authors: Chua, Shuyi
Sim, Jasmine Boon-Yee
Keywords: Education for patriotism
Nationalistic education
Social Studies teachers
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Citation: Chua, S., & Sim, J. B. - Y. (2014). Crossing boundaries: An exploration of how three Social Studies teachers understand and teach patriotism in Singapore. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 10(1), 79-93.
Abstract: In 1965 Singapore became independent after a two-year merger with Malaysia and over 100 years of British colonization. Since then, the government has been inculcating patriotism in its citizens through educational policies such as the introduction of Social Studies at secondary school. This process of education for patriotism is interesting in the case of Singapore in two respects: how teachers understand the link between patriotism and loyalty to the government; and whether teachers dare to cross boundaries to engage students in discussions that may challenge pro-government views. This study explores the perceptions and practices of three Social Studies teachers to address two issues. First, how do Social Studies teachers understand ‘patriotism’? Second, how do they teach it within or beyond boundaries? The findings show that teachers did not think that patriotism meant loyalty to the government; instead it meant loyalty to one another as Singapore citizens. Though the translation of teachers’ understandings of patriotism into the classroom differed from teacher to teacher, in terms of helping students think critically, there were elements of crossing the boundaries set by the ruling party.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Citizenship Teaching and Learning. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1751-1917
Other Identifiers: 10.1386/ctl.10.1.79_1
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