Understanding social studies: political socialisation at the secondary three level
Tan, Yuan Ting
Date of Issue2017
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
As part of National Education (NE), Social Studies is the main vessel of citizenship education where the government attempts to develop its ideal citizen. Social Studies has sought to develop numerous cohorts of students into responsible and informed citizens of Singapore. Its textbook, which acts as the main point of reference during the delivery of Social Studies, partakes in transmitting knowledge and inculcating values in students integral to being a Singaporean . This paper analyses the content of the Social Studies textbook to determine that it socialises students into a “government-lead, citizen-led” relationship where the ideal citizen is a self-reliant individual who is politically unempowered and passive, leaving the government’s intended active citzenship much to be desired.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University