Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia addresses the ways in which colonial histories, nationalist impulses and forces of globalization shape equity and access to education in Southeast Asia. Although increasingly identified as a regional grouping (ASEAN), Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines are known for their vastly different state structures, political regimes, political economies and ethnocultural and religious demography.
The expert contributors to this volume investigate educational access and equity for citizens, ethnic and religious minorities, and indigenous people within these countries. The subject of education is framed within the broader national and local challenges of achieving equity and social justice.
This book examines the dimensions of (post)colonialism, nationalism, and globalisation as played out within different international educational contexts. Chapters include:
Understanding the Cultural Politics of Southeast Asian Education through Postcolonial Theory
Downplaying Difference: Representations of Diversity in Contemporary Burmese Schools and Educational Equity
Learner Centered Pedagogy in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste: For the Benefit of the Learner or the Learned
Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation: Education in Colonial and Postcolonial Cambodia
Change and Continuity in the History of Vietnamese Higher Education
Colonization by Stealth: The Case of Thailand
Education Politics in Postcolonial Malaysia: Ethnicity, Difference and Inequalities
The Singapore Education Journey: From Colonialism to Globalism
Cynthia Joseph is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. Julie Matthews is an Associate Professor at the School of Education in The University of Adelaide, Australia.
1. Ancient and Colonial Southeast Asia: Cultural and Educational Contexts Cynthia Joseph 2. Understanding the Cultural Politics of Southeast Asian Education through Postcolonial Theory Cynthia Joseph and Julie Matthews 3. Downplaying Difference: Representations of diversity in contemporary Burmese schools and educational equity Brooke A. Treadwell 4. Learner Centered Pedagogy in Post-conflict Timor-Leste: For the benefit of the learner or the learned Ritesh Shah 5. Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation: Education in Colonial and Postcolonial Cambodia Khatharya Um 6. Change and Continuity in the history of Vietnamese Higher Education Elizabeth St George 7. Colonization by Stealth: The Case of Thailand Edward Rush 8. Paradoxes of Discrimination Policies and Educational Attainment: Chinese Indonesians in Contemporary Indonesia Dewi Susanti 9. Education Politics in Postcolonial Malaysia: Ethnicity, Difference and Inequalities Cynthia Joseph 10. The Singapore Education Journey: From Colonialism to Globalism Catherine Chua Sew Kheng and William Choy 11. Unraveling the Palimpset: Cultural Layers of Discomfort through Three Southeast Asian Literary Texts in English Lily Rose Tope