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How seamless is IP learning?

SINGAPORE - Some students found that "many of the things" the six-year Integrated Programme (IP) strove for during their first four years of studies were eventually not assessed at the GCE A-level examinations. Some also reflected that "one of the biggest challenges" they faced during the IP was in adapting to a lecture-tutorial system at the junior college level, as they moved towards "a more pen-and-paper assessment/rote learning style" and away from doing projects. These findings from a National Institute of Education (NIE) research study, conducted between 2006 and 2010, have raised a poser for educators: Can the IP truly be integrated and seamless, and fulfil its pedagogical goals and objectives, if students still need to be prepared for the traditional pen-and-paper high-stakes A-level examinations? Conducted by Dr Trivina Kang, a senior lecturer at the NIE's Policy ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC121001-0000007/Ho...

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