Discourses, voices, contradictions and silences in Malaysia's education reform: about this book and its editor

Rosemary Viete, Susan Plowright, Helen Watt, Miriam Faine, Cynthia Joseph

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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book reveals the contradictory tensions in the discourses of neoliberalism and social cohesion with which the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) is imbued. It shows that how these discourses have formed, how they perpetuate schisms in society despite the stated objective of social equity and how they shape the educational opportunities of particular groups in society. The Malaysian government has responded to economic and cultural globalization with its own form of ethnicized and neo-liberal discourses, which she calls 'ethnicized neoliberalism'. International students serve the neoliberal aims of bringing in funding for the education sector and the Malaysian economy. The preparation of young Malaysians for tertiary international education within and beyond Malaysia's shores is another ellipsis in the MEB. Consideration of the educational needs of refugees and asylum seekers is absent from the MEB.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicies and Politics in Malaysian Education
Subtitle of host publicationEducation Reforms, Nationalism and Neoliberalism
EditorsCynthia Joseph
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351377348, 9781315147215
ISBN (Print)9781138550308
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

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