A culture under siege: post‐colonial higher education and teacher education in Cambodia from 1953 to 1979

Fergusson, Lee C. and Le Masson, Gildas (1997) A culture under siege: post‐colonial higher education and teacher education in Cambodia from 1953 to 1979. History of Education, 26 (1). pp. 91-112. ISSN 0046-760X


This study, using a predominantly descriptive approach, examines the historical context and status of higher education and teacher education in three broad phases of social transformation: Period I, The Sihanouk Years, 1953-70, from independence to Sihanouk's overthrow; Period II, The Lon Nol Years, 1970-75, from military coup and subsequent civil war, through Vietnamese encroachment and aerial bombardment, to the siege of Phnom Penh by the KR; and Period III, The Khmer Rouge Years, 1975-79, the so-called 'Pol Pot era' of cultural disintegration during
which virtually all forms of education were destroyed. The purpose of the study is to provide a coherent and comprehensive picture of post-colonial higher education and
teacher education development in Cambodia until 1979. With this proposition in mind, we have tried where possible to present evidence which has been authenticated by more than one source or by personal experience; where corroborating evidence could not be found, only data which reflect an established trend (or are generally consistent with known trends or facts) have been presented.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 06:47
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2018 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambodia, higher education, teacher education, history of education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34564

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