New for February 2006
Here is a page which comprises a
complete learning activity which relates to the NEWLY INDUSTRIALISING
The lesson begins with a starter
activity comprising a DRAG and DROP on development
recap made with Andrew Field's rather wonderful
CONTENT GENERATOR software.
The POWERPOINT: an adapted version
of which will appear HERE shortly - starts with a TIGER themed slide...
Music is Survivor 'Eye of the
Tiger' (not included on the version I'll post here...)
Then some INTERNET source
assessment... There are 4 definitions below: these are taken from various
websites which have a definition of NICs. Students are given highlighter pens to
highlight and develop answers to some questions.
Here are some of the definitions I
used: the sources are clearly listed. If people object to me using this small
extract I shall remove them...
BBC BITESIZE (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize)
In the 20th century
many countries in east and south east Asia industrialised - including South
Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Philippines and Thailand. These nations are
called newly industrialised countries or NICs. They are also sometimes
referred to as tiger economies because of their rapid growth rate.
The governments of these NICs kept close control over industrial development,
and encouraged industries to export manufactured products to the more
developed and richer countries abroad.
The profits generated by exports were re-invested in the domestic economy.
Domestic businesses grew, wages rose, and workers spent their new wealth on
home-produced goods and services - thus stimulating further growth. This kind
of cycle or knock-on effect, in which money paid out by businesses is
re-invested in the economy, is sometimes called the multiplier effect.
The success of NIC economies has contributed to the decline, over the last 30
years, of manufacturing industries in MEDCs such as the UK. Industries
struggled to compete with the cheaper competition from NICs, where production
costs and wages were less.
are the other 3 sources I
Students have a highlighter pen
and need to produce a composite definition of the term NICs.
HANDOUT for the students can be downloaded from
here (PDF download)
The lesson then moves on to
Singapore as an example / case study of an NIC.
Here are some of the images I used
in the Powerpoint. courtesy of my Singapore correspondent. A search for
Singapore on Google Images threw up no end of useful maps and FLICKR is good for
images of Singapore. Images below are thumbnails for some larger images.
There are some interesting changes
which have been noticed by a friend who works in Singapore...
"At the moment there is a feeling of wealth. The budget
has just given cash paybacks to the people of Singapore The less off getting
more. Lee Kuan Yew has just got back from China and there is a real drive to
make more trade links with them."
"The drive to economic take off has happened
but they don't want it to tail off (and for complacency to set in) and they want to
stay high in South East Asia - "world class" is a term that is often applied
to developments and reasons for growth. Some of the stricter laws seem
to be being amended: they helped to
control/ clean the place up and now the rewards are there."
"Any old Chinese buildings are now in the process of
preservation or gentrification - Even trees are now becoming heritage trees.
It's a strange thought: conservation as a sign of economic wellbeing and
"Fire crackers/ fireworks were banned but now they are
allowed but only at organised events. Link to a site which just outlines some of these laws
"One of the big changes are developments to allow people to enjoy their leisure
time. New areas are being developed - 2 casinos are planned to be built by MGM
group. The Ministry of Sound has just opened: revamping the worn down tourist
area of Clark Quay. The Tourist Island of Sentosa is being revamped -
"integrated tourist resort" is a term they like to use and "lifestyle" concepts.
The $8 billion revamp is explained here :
More parks (planned parks) are being
developed or upgraded as well.
"There is fierce competition with Malaysia as they offer cheaper rates at ports
and industrial areas, so Singapore is trying to widen its global market as it
can't really under-cut the prices of Malaysia. Dyson vacuum cleaners are now
Malaysia and even Royal Doulton have re located to Indonesia - lots of china
"Even the MRT network can show the level of development as the network pattern
is developing into the "heartlands" as the network was quite basic with only two
lines when I arrived 5 years ago - link below...
The new Circle line is being built at the
"The education revamp aims to make education more world class.
There is a big uptake of IB: away from
'O' level and 'A' levels. Some schools are piloting a 4 year IB program so no exams
at year 11. The University has announced more double degree course (4 years):
partly to keep students here but also because the education standards are
so high many of them can cope with studying two subjects."
"In the Media: "Eastenders" came to Singapore on Jan the 5th.
widened the cable network to include BBC pRIME"
"Industry in Singapore is mostly based in Jurong, Tuas (west coast) and Changi
(east coast) - all planned away from housing and so the prevailing winds blow
away the fumes (if any)"
"There has been a huge development in biotechnology (
even the school curriculum has adapted to teach this: Life sciences now includes
microbiology - genetics - plant hybridisation) There is the One North project
which is a huge development of research labs
We use this as our location of a science
park/high tech site case study. If you scroll along the links on the
bottom right there is a walk around the exhibition.
that have occurred here in 5 years are amazing, so the change in 40 years has been
incredible. Is this country the fastest to industrialise ??? Last
year they had the 40th birthday celebrations: http://www.ndp.org.sg
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