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Title: Dynamics of change: Decentralised centralism of education in Singapore
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Ng, Pak Tee
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Tan, C., & Ng, P. T. (2007). Dynamics of change: Decentralised centralism of education in Singapore. Journal of Educational Change, 8(2), 155-168.
Abstract: Many countries are introducing major educational changes to prepare their students to meet the challenges in a knowledge economy and enhance the country's competitive edge. This paper discusses recent educational changes in Singapore using the framework of decentralised centralism proposed by Karlsen (2000). The paper explores the dynamics of change in the initiation, content, levels and simultaneity of the decentralisation process in Singapore since 1997. The paper further analyses the ideological roots of the decentralisation policy through a discussion of the tension between the functionalist and liberal forms of education in the Singapore context. The discussion adds to existing literature on the tensions and challenges faced by countries in their attempts to introduce educational changes in their countries.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Educational Change. The published version is available online at
Other Identifiers: 10.1007/s10833-006-9016-4
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