23 Oct '12, 4am

Social Studies syllabus in secondary schools to be revamped to train critical thinking

SINGAPORE - To get students to think more critically, the Social Studies syllabus for Upper Secondary will be revamped, with changes to the assessment format to place less emphasis on memory work. The new syllabus will kick in from next year. Express and Normal (Academic) students taking the O-level and N(A) examinations in 2014 will be the first cohort to undergo this syllabus. Among the changes: Case studies such as those on traffic policies will be removed. There will be greater focus on policies that students can better relate to such as those on population and healthcare. This will deepen students' understanding on how policies evolve to meet societal needs, a Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesperson said. The weightage for essay questions set according to topics covered in the textbook will be reduced from 50 per cent to 30 per cent, while source-based case study que...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Focus/Education/EDC121023-0000...

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  1. 23 Oct '12, 7am

    Huh? Social studies to train critical thinking?

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