Can School Children be Taught to Think Creatively?: The Creativity Policy for Singapore Education (Hardback)Guan Cheng Quek (author)
Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 31/07/2009
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This book examines the construction and practice of creativity policy in Singaporean education, and contributes to the existing body of knowledge on creativity policy. This work identifies creativity policy as a distinct area of research, as pre-existing literature did not analyze creativity policy per se in Singapore. Second, it provides evidence that creativity policy is part of a longer-term strategy for political, economic and social survival for Singapore, contradicting earlier scholarly assumptions that it became prominent as part of changing global political landscapes such as the 'third way' governments of Bill Clinton (USA) and Tony Blair (UK) in the 1990s. Third, it provides a vehicle to give voice to seldom-heard education policy actors at all levels of the policy trajectory in the Singapore context. The study draws on Foucault's methodologies to design a holistic discourse-oriented framework for policy analysis.The elements of the framework were the multilevel interaction of actors from macro, meso and micro levels of the creativity policy trajectory; the categories of historical contingencies, policy text and effects; and the contextual discourses of meritocracy, globalization and meritocratic education. In response to the centrally-initiated creativity policy, policy actors throughout the policy trajectory used various approaches to creativity such as 'Freedom Creativity', 'Facilitative Creativity' and 'Comfort Creativity'. These approaches formed the theory of 'Spatial Creativity' which demonstrated that actors from each level of the policy trajectory constructed, reconstructed and practiced the creativity policy according to their 'social space.'
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 392
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