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Goh, K. C., & Gopinathan, S. (2000). Repositioning the BA/BSC programme: Programme development issues. In J. Ee, Berinderjeet Kaur, N. H. Lee and B. H. Yeap (Eds.), New ‘Literacies’: Educational response to a knowledge-based society: Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference 2000 (pp. 311-321). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
Singapore is implementing major reforms in its education system to position it to better respond to the challenges of globalisation. As a consequence, the reform of teacher education has become a priority. This paper will examine the context and issues in teacher preparation from the perspective of the development of a degree programme, the BA/BSC with Diploma in Education. It will examine the weaknesses of previous programme formulations and the emergence of new clienteles. It will also examine issues related to the decision to make it a primary only specialisation, the roles envisaged for academic content, the introduction of curriculum content as a component, the provision of general electives and essential modules and the positioning and duration of the Practicum, among others. It will conclude with some reflections on what it will take to make the new curriculum successful.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference held at Singapore from 4-6 September 2000
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