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Toward a better future : education and training for economic development in Singapore since 1965
 
Author:Lee, Sing-Kong; Tan, Jee-Peng; Fredriksen, Birger; Goh, Chor Boon,; Collection Title:Development practice in education
Country:Singapore; Date Stored:2008/05/30
Document Date:2008/04/18Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Primary Education; Access & Equity in Basic Education; Curriculum & Instruction; Teaching and Learning; Education For AllISBN:978-0-8213-7375-0
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:43968Volume No:1 of 1

Summary: The Singapore economy has undergone significant stages of development since the 1960s. It has grown from its traditional role as a regional port and distribution center in the 1960s to an international manufacturing and service center in the 1970s and 1980s, and now into a center of science-based manufacturing and knowledge-intensive technical services. Much has been written to explain this success. Emphasis has been placed on the early adoption of an export-oriented strategy for industrialization, high savings and investment rates, a stable macroeconomic environment, and even socio cultural traits that support successful industrialization. This volume documents a less-explored aspect of Singapore's economic development: it examines the transformation of the education and training system since the country's independence in 1965 and how the process contributed to skills formation and, hence, economic change.

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