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Title: Globalisation, the Singapore state and educational reforms: Towards performativity
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Tan, C. (2008). Globalisation, the Singapore state and educational reforms: Towards performativity. Education, Knowledge and Economy, 2(2), 111-120.
Abstract: In response to the challenges of globalisation, the Singapore government has introduced an array of neo-liberal educational strategies to promote two goals: greater diversity and choice in the educational landscape; and greater autonomy and innovation at the school level. This paper argues that the Singapore government uses the tactic of performativity as a means of state control even as it implements an education policy of decentralisation. Accompanying the strategies to deregulate the education system are processes of reregulation introduced by the government to monitor and influence the thinking and behaviour of key educational stakeholders. What makes the case of Singapore interesting in the international literature is that it illustrates the tactical changes made by a small and ‘vulnerable’ state in Asia in an era of globalisation and convergence of educational reforms.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Education, Knowledge and Economy. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1749-6896 (print)
1749-690X (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/17496890802223619
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