Leonel LIM Tze-Wei

Assistant Professor

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL)

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Critical discourse analysis, Curriculum Reform, Curriculum theory, Educational Policy, Meritocracy, Political Theory, Politics of Curriculum, Sociology of Education

  • Dr Leonel Lim is Assistant Professor at the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group. He was the recipient of the NIE-NTU Overseas Graduate Scholarship, under which he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses broadly on curriculum theory and the politics of education, with specific interests in the relations between ideology and curriculum, state power, elite schooling and the sociology of curriculum. His doctoral research, for example, applied Basil Bernstein’s code theory to an analysis of the socio-political bases of the differentiation of critical thinking in elite and mainstream schools. In 2014 this work received the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the field of curriculum studies. Some of his research has been published in Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Journal of Education Policy, Critical Studies in Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.                                                                                   
    A philosophy graduate of the National University of Singapore, Leonel was twice awarded the university’s Special Book Prize in Philosophy. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison he was awarded the International Student Achievement Award. He completed both his Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Master of Arts at Singapore's National Institute of Education, and also taught in a primary school.

     He is an International Exchange Scholar at Chonbuk National University (South Korea), and currently serves as Associate Editor of Critical Studies in Education and Pedagogies: An International Journal.

    Representative publications include:

    Lim, L. (2016). Knowledge, Control and Critical Thinking in Singapore: State Ideology and the Politics of Pedagogic Recontextualization. New York: Routledge.

    Lim, L. & Apple, M. W. (2016). The Strong State and Curriculum Reform: Assessing the Politics and Possibilities of Educational Change in Asia. New York: Routledge.

    Lim, L. (2016). Globalization, the strong state and education policy: The politics of policy in Asia. Journal of Educational Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2016.1181790

    Lim, L. & Apple, M. W. (2015). Elite rationalities and curricular form: “Meritorious” class reproduction in the elite thinking curriculum in Singapore. Curriculum Inquiry, 45(5), 472—490.

    Lim, L. (2014). Ideology, rationality and reproduction in education: A critical discourse analysis. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35(1), 61—76.

    Lim, L. (2013). Meritocracy, elitism and egalitarianism: A preliminary and provisional assessment of Singapore’s primary education review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Education, 33(1), 1—14.

    Lim, L. (2011). Beyond logic and argument analysis: Critical thinking, everyday problems and democratic deliberation in Cambridge International Examinations’ Thinking Skills curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 43(6), 783—807.