The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) held a seminar on "Are we all Global Citizens now? Reflections on Citizenship and Citizenship Education in a Globalising World", conducted by Professor Saravanan Gopinathan on 20th January 2011 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Room B1-1/F-14, Tai Po Campus.
As we embark on the second decade of the 21 century, old certainties around the nation and a globalised world are being called into question. It no longer appears that the end of history is here. Economic scenarios and reality are being upended every decade; the reality of an economic surge in the BRIC countries while we see a sustained decline in economic growth in the OECD economies is apparent. Eurozone economies are in trouble. US, the sole military superpower has to compete in a multipolar world. These trends call into question old assumptions about relations between individuals at group, national and regional levels. A primary relationship, that of the citizen to the state is changing as globalization universalizes a rights agenda while at the same time economic growth empowers states such as China, Russia, Brazil which have different civilizational traditions and thus different notions of rights and responsibilities. To what extent should neo-liberal based ideas around individual freedoms, autonomy, rights trump imperatives arising from context, history, socio-political aspirations? On what basis are we to judge these issues? In this presentation, I will use this framework to examine recent research and trends in citizenship education in Singapore.
Professor Gopinathan is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is currently Professorial Fellow at the Policy & Leadership Studies (PLS), Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Foundations Programme (July 2000 till June 2003) and Head, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) (May 2008 till Feb 2009). In this role he oversaw the development and implementation of the newly launched BA/BSc (Education) programme. He has served on various Ministry of Education (MOE) review committees and was a Resource Specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a Board Member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. Professor Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. He is currently involved in projects to establish teacher training facilities in Abu Dhabi, in Bahrain and in Indonesia.
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