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Title: Reframing pluralism for moral and citizenship education in Malaysia
Author: Abdullah, Nur Surayyah Madhubala
ISNI:       0000 0004 2673 5865
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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The idea of moral and citizenship education currently operating in Malaysia's plural society is inadequate. This may be inadequate because the conceptualisation of pluralism, specifically the idea of a person that underpins it, fails to recognise the embeddedness of a person and the fact of individual positioning. The current conceptualisation fails to provide a cohesive basis for social unity and solidarity amongst members of Malaysia's plural society through the moral and citizenship education promoted at present. I draw upon the works of Charles Taylor, Sen and Appiah in discussing the idea of the situatedness of a person. Also, from Burbules on the idea of dialogical relations and discourse with others, to justify the claims made in this thesis. I argue that a moral and politically cogent basis for social solidarity and national unity that is acceptable to all, is one which is not ethnically, religiously or culturally defined, but one which provides for a mutual understanding of, and respect for others, borne of a deep sense of concern for others as persons, allowing them to interact with others, in both the public and private areas of society, in an open and transparent manner. Raimond Gaita's concept of a common humanity and his notion of the preciousness of a person offer one possible ethical basis for respecting others as persons. Using this, I suggest a possible conception of moral and citizenship education for Malaysia's plural society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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