Teaching should help students find meaning in an age of information overload: Chan Chun Sing
SINGAPORE – Today’s teaching must go beyond imparting knowledge to help students find meaning in an information-laden world, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Monday (May 30th) .
It should also be about finding solutions to future challenges and preparing for the needs of tomorrow, he said, addressing some 700 researchers and educators attending a hybrid conference held by the National Institute of Education. (NIE).
These and other changes in educational practice are expected to occur in the coming years, he said, to expand the impact teachers have and prepare Singaporeans for an increasingly connected but fragmented world.
“If we do it right, we will take another important step towards the next stage of learning and teaching in our schools so that we can better optimize the human potential we have in our country,” he added.
Speaking at the International Pedagogy Redesign Conference, which focused on outlining new ways of teaching and learning, Mr Chan said: “We need to help our learners make sense and make decisions based on our values. From information overload, we need to learn to distill and learn, listen for real knowledge and wisdom to emerge.
“We need to help our students acquire critical thinking skills, verify information, and appreciate different perspectives, so that they can come to their own deeper understanding of a problem.”
He added: “Rather than focusing on developing the optimal curriculum, curriculum and system, teaching must increasingly provide a variety of models and methods to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. “.
While educating people in the most efficient way possible was Singapore’s priority in the 1950s and 1960s, the country now has a range of school models, from specialist schools to independent schools, he said. than the complete grouping based on subjects and a variety of postsecondary pathways. provide greater flexibility.
There is also a need to focus more and more on learning anywhere, not just in the classroom, Chan said. This could be through home learning or using artificial intelligence-driven learning tools that personalize learning for students and provide immediate feedback.
“As we develop the skills of our students, we are also developing the competence of teachers in e-pedagogy through professional development resources and e-learning modules,” he said.
“We are also increasing our experience in adult learning and developing resources for on-the-job learning.”
Another way to adapt and implement best teaching practices more quickly is to share resources between educators and institutions, Chan said.
To this end, the Singapore Community of Learning Designers, which was created by the Education Technology Division of the Ministry of Education in 2017, consists of more than 20,000 educators who share lesson ideas and help each other solve technical problems.