Teaching Economic Geography in Two Contrasting Asian Contexts: Decentering Anglo-American Economic Geography in China and Singapore

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Teaching economic geography outside Anglo-American countries presents a particular pedagogical challenge, as theories and concepts developed in these countries might not be directly applicable outside their intellectual and national contexts. In this paper, the authors show how the peculiar institutional and development environments in China and Singapore have shaped the ways in which the economic geography curriculum is developed and taught in institutions of higher education. They also examine how students respond to the intellectual challenges presented to them. In their view, successful pedagogy in teaching economic geography requires a significant degree of localization of the curriculum.

Keywords: Anglo-American economic geography; China; Singapore; institutional contexts; localization

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260600927450

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore 2: Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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