Skip to main content

Contesting reform: Bernstein's pedagogic device and madrasah education in Singapore

Buy Article:

$47.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

This paper highlights the active role played by various pedagogic agents in contesting the state educational reforms for madrasahs in Singapore. Drawing upon Basil Bernstein's pedagogic device, the paper identifies tensions and challenges that arise from the attempts by the state to implement curriculum reforms. The paper contends that the stakes are high in the struggle in madrasah education as the group that appropriates and controls the pedagogic device exercises power in relation to the distribution, recontextualization, and evaluation of the knowledge forms in madrasah education. The lesson from the Singapore experience is that policy makers and curriculum planners need to be cognizant of the power and control wielded by the various pedagogic agents.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Bernstein's pedagogic device; Singapore; common curriculum; compulsory education; madrasah education; reform

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637616

Publication date: 2010-04-01

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more