Being Special in a Meritocracy: The Role of Special Education in Singapore

By Abi Tan and Deslea Konza.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper will explore the issue of expanding the role of special education in Singapore to meet the social needs of a meritocractic society.

Keywords: Special Education, Inclusion, Mainstream, Nation Building, Social Cohesion, Values Development, Social Capital Investment

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.111-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.745KB).

Abi Tan

Abi Tan has more than ten years of experience in teaching and administration in primary education in Singapore. She has headed the Science and English Language departments in primary schools. She has also been involved in scholarship programs in Singapore. She has obtained her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her thesis focusing on Special Education in Singapore.

Dr. Deslea Konza

Deslea Konza has had experience teaching students of all ages with a range of special needs, including those associated with blindness, profound hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and mulitple disabilitie. She currently co-ordinates undergraduate and postgraduate programs in special education at the University of Wollongong, including the mandatory subjects that all preservice teachers must complete.

She has published in the areas of special education policy, teacher education, hearing impairment, gifted education and dual exceptionality. Current research interests include reading disability, students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, students with dual exceptionalities, (including gifted students with social and emotional problems) and effective teaching.


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