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Woodlands-Admiralty Mind Expanding Project (WAMEP)
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Soh, K. C., & Wu, F. V. Y. (1999). Woodlands-Admiralty Mind Expanding Project (WAMEP). In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 1172-1177). Malacca, Malaysia.
WAMEP is an on-going experimental study in which NIE lecturers collaborate with two primary schools in the north zone of Singapore. The objectives of the study are to find out: (a) if lower primary pupils can be trained to use mind-mapping and SCAMPER in the English Language lessons and, thus, (b) enhance their learning of the language. The project began with two weekend workshops for teachers in Woodlands to amiliarise them with Mind mapping and SCAMPER as two techniques to “expand” the children’s minds. Following the workshop, P1 and P2 teachers at Woodlands practised the use of mind-maps and SCAMPER towards the end of 1998 in preparation for the main study. Beginning 1990, they used these as a regular feature in their lessons through the first semester. To evaluate the impacts of the project, specially designed tasks and a common assessment paper were given to P1 and P2 pupils at Woodlands and Admiralty, with the latter serving as a comparison group. A teacher survey was also be conducted to gauge the teachers’ receptivity and problems encountered.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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