Policies and Politics in Malaysian Education

Policies and Politics in Malaysian Education : Education Reforms, Nationalism and Neoliberalism

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This book draws on elements of critical social theory, research on globalization and education, and Malaysian Studies to understand the interplay of  globalization, nationalism and cultural politics in shaping the educational reforms in Malaysia. This volume addresses the issues of 1) the degree to which education reforms are shaped by globalization and the impacts of these reforms on Malaysia's successful participation in the global economy; 2) the principal issues and debates on the implementation of educational reforms which the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 entails; 3) impacts the reforms are likely to have on education beneficiaries; and 4) how inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities are addressed. This book also considers how injustice and inequity are re-configured in different Malaysian educational spaces. The book will be a shaper and critical contributor to the assessment of the Malaysian Education Blueprint and related policies. It will also have wider relevance globally as a critical approach to policy discussion.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95mm
  • English
  • 10 Tables, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138668443
  • 9781138668447

Table of contents

1. Education policies, ethnicized neo-liberalism and inequalities Cynthia Joseph, Monash University, Australia  2. Social transformation, national identity and education policies in Malaysia   Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid & Mohd Hariszuan Jaharuddin, Universiti Sains Malaysia  3. Pluralism in Education: The need for inclusive education in East Malaysia  Jacyln Neo, National University of Singapore, Singapore   4. Poverty and Education of Orang Asli: A Case Study of Pos Sinderut, Pahang, Malaysia  Bemen Win Keong Wong, University Malaysia Sarawak  5. Beyond the blueprint: Exploring educational exclusion through the case of refugees Lucy Bailey, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia  6. Utilizing mothering and parenting metaphors: CDA of an educational transformation initiative for Maktab Rendah Sains MARA. Mutiara Mohamad, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA  7. Democratizaton, equity and vernacular primary schools Tan Yao Sua, Universiti Sains Malaysia & R. Santhiram, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia  8. Accessing liberalisation in Malaysian private higher education. Tham Siew Yean, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia  9. Higher education reforms: Global influences and national responses Molly Lee, UNESCO, Bangkok  10. ‘I didn’t know I was black till I came to Malaysia’: African international students’ experiences of racialisation and othering in Malaysian higher education Frauke Kardale, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany  11. Between racialization and anti-racist rhetoric: Media representations of African students in Malaysian higher education Sandra Khor Manickam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  12. Malaysian international students in the UK: International education, social reproduction and mobility I Sin Lin, United Kingdom
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This is the most important book on Malaysian education for years. It asks why the standard of Malaysian education continues to struggle although the country provides one of the most generous education budgets in the world. It asks why ‘soft racism’ and concealed preference policy continue to hold back half the nation’s talent. Only by asking the hard questions can Malaysia find the answers. -- Simon Marginson, Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London, and Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education.
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