Developing citizens : engaging learners in national identity construction

Tang, Julie * and Yazilmiwati Yaacob, * (2009) Developing citizens : engaging learners in national identity construction. Sunway Academic Journal, 6. pp. 47-62.

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Abstract

Malaysian society has by and large been analyzed by scholars and observers around the world with a ?competing values? approach. Contrasting multicultural and unicultural models are increasingly influential. In this age of globalisation voluminous digital information and ideologies are exchanged around the globe. Contesting viewpoints have become more marked amongst the younger generation as they tease, if not challenge, perceptions of the way they live in their own country. In this context, an understanding and appreciation of young Malaysians? role and responsibility in nation-building not ?out of context? but in a structured education curriculum is necessary. At Sunway University College we experiment with an inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural approach to teaching subjects on Malaysian citizenship and nationality, and state religion. Adopting a blended pedagogy we engage our learners in national identity construction. Drawing on Perry?s intellectual developmental scheme, Baxter Magolda?s epistemological reflection model, and Kolb and Fry?s Experiential Learning Cycle, this paper presents our pilot findings in an experiment on activating our young citizens through national identity construction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nation-building; active citizens; interd-disciplinary; cross-cultural; blended pedagogy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: General > MOHE General Studies
Depositing User: Administrator Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 02:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2013 01:25
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/71

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