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Title: Social Studies or Socialisation: An Empirical Analysis of the Social Studies Curriculum in Singapore and its Effects on Voting Behaviour
Issue Date: 2-Apr-2018
Citation: SOONG WEI SHUN (2018-04-02). Social Studies or Socialisation: An Empirical Analysis of the Social Studies Curriculum in Singapore and its Effects on Voting Behaviour. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The PAP has been the ruling party in Singapore for the past 53 years. Despite the presence of certain electoral obstacles that impedes the opposition, elections are still largely fair in Singapore and voters are not coerced to vote for any single party. The GE2015 witnessed a large group of youths aged from 21-29 supporting the PAP. Coincidentally, these group of youths were the first batch of people who have undergone the Upper Secondary Social Studies Curriculum. The social studies curriculum was implemented in 2001 as a vital component of the National Education Program (NEP). Many scholars have suggested that the NEP is just a tool for the PAP to instill its ideologies upon the youths in order to sustain its political dominance. Some scholars have even argued that the PAP were successful in doing so, allowing them to establish an ideological hegemony. Nevertheless, there has not been an empirical study done to test these arguments. While there have been empirical findings done in other countries, they are not applicable to the Singapore context due to the difference in political and social contexts. Nevertheless, data of such relationship remains scarce in Singapore. This thesis seeks to contribute through the provision of empirical data. Through the application of a text and discourse analysis, I argue that the NEP is indeed a manifestation of the ideologies of the PAP. However, I found no evidence to suggest that the NEP was successful in politically socializing the youths in Singapore. Based on an analysis of the ideologies of the youths who voted in GE2015, I found that their ideologies were significantly different from the ideologies as espoused from the social studies textbook.
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