Mapping Ancient Southeast Asia for 21st Century Learners

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Project Type: Practitioner Inquiry
Discipline: Humanities
Duration: 01/2016 - 07/2016
Domain: Curriculum Design


The study of regionalism and developing an appreciation for regional
identity in Southeast Asia has traditionally been a matter for tertiary study. However, at RGS, Area Studies has been offered to high ability students since 2008 in response to the need for a larger socio-political awareness of Singapore’s geopolitical context.

This project aims to share how, from advanced content materials to assessments and pedagogical approaches and strategies, the Area Studies syllabus has been designed to meet the learning profile of high ability and gifted students. Examples include coupling academic aspects of the syllabus with experiential learning, and developing understanding of concepts and thinking skills in thesis writing and viva voce assessment.

For example, students were given a reading based on the same-name title of lesson topic at the start of the week. They would have read through and come prepared for the lesson on concept development based on the reading. In the first half of the lesson, students form small groups of 5-6 members and work on the following model - 'listing words associated with key concepts', 'grouping similar points', 'labelling points', and 'regrouping or combining points'. In the second half of the lesson, each group will summarise their key points and form generalisations based on the information they had culled and presented.

Research Personnel:

InvestigatorMdm Aliah bte Mohamed ShariffHumanities

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