About The Book
Santhiram’s critique of history education in Malaysia’s school system, past and present is both valuable and timely. His study reaffirms that history’s considerable value as an educative and academic undertaking is too often hijacked by political elites. This study is a salutary reminder why such tendencies should be challenged.
Professor & Former Dean, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Is it true, Santhiram asks, that the origin of the Malaysian nation is from the 1400s onwards? What of the earlier periods with the influence of diverse groups from across Southeast Asia; what of the contribution of more recent Chinese and Indian migration? As Santhiram comments, Malaysian historians and history teachers have some serious soul-searching to do. They might well begin that soul-searching by reading this powerful and important book. It deserves to be read widely, indeed, if Malaysian education is to move forward.
Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Santhiram has put together a highly readable narrative of the history of curriculum development, from a past oppressive colonial to the present tribal periods of Malaysian history. Santhiram tells the story simply and straightforwardly avoiding controversies but not denying the contentious nature surrounding the shaping of policies regarding the subject, its curriculum design and the construction of textbooks to buttress the implementation of the curriculum in the nation’s primary and secondary school systems. This is a very readable work.
Tan Sri Gajaraj M Dhanarajan
Emeritus Professor, Penang, Malaysia
About The AuthorDato’ Dr Santhiram Raman (b. 1943) is a retired Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Wawasan Open University, Penang. Having received his early education at the Methodist Boys’ School, Penang, he started his career as secondary school teacher in 1965 in Terengganu after obtaining the Certificate of Education from the Malayan Teachers’ College, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur. He then took study leave and continued his tertiary education at University of Malaya from 1967 to 1970, graduating with a B. A. (Hons) degree in History. And in 1978 he completed his M.Ed. at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. He was then seconded as a Research Officer to an educational research project called Integrated System of Programmed Instruction in Rural Environments (InSPIRE) (IDRC-USM) from 1979 to 1985. In 1985 he was appointed as lecturer at the School of Educational Services, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. In October 1988 he left for the United Kingdom on a USM study leave scheme to study for his doctorate at the University of Sussex. He was awarded a D. Phil from this prestigious university in January 1992.
And upon returning from the UK, he was promoted to Associate Professor. On retiring from USM in 2001, he joined the private education sector at KDU College Penang Campus as Director of Studies in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education in the University of Brunei Darussalam. In 2011, when he completed a two-term stint in Brunei, and returned to Malaysia, he was appointed as Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications at Wawasan Open University, Penang. In 2013 WOU promoted him to Professor of Education at the age of 70 years. He retired from active academic life in December 2018.
Currently, Dato’ Dr Santhiram is a member of the Penang State Tamil Education Committee overseeing the development of Tamil primary schools in Penang. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors, SJK(T)Rajaji in Penang. In 2019 he was awarded the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award which carries the title of Dato’ by the state government of Penang for his contributions to education and social work with the Sai Baba Centre in Penang. He is happily married to M. Poogalneisvary, a retired teacher and they have two sons, Shankar Santhiram and Sri Ganesh Santhiram.
During his tenure at various institutions of higher learning, he taught History Teaching Methods, Educational Development of Malaysia and Philosophy of Education apart from supervising Masters and Ph.D. students in Education. His research interests are in the areas of history of education, education for ethnic minorities, and educational policy analysis. He has individually and jointly written five books. He has written extensively articles and monographs in international and local journals on issues of minority education in Malaysia, especially about Tamil education. His book, The Education of Minorities: The case of Indians in Malaysia is considered a landmark study on the impact of education on Indian children.
About The Contributors
Title: From Decolonization to Ethno-Nationalism
Author: Santhiram R. Raman
Publisher: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre
Book Size: 152.4 mm x 228.6 mm
Genre: Education, Education–Curricula–Malaysia
From Decolonization to Ethno-Nationalism