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Boo, H. K. (2004). Aligning science teaching, learning and assessment to the I&E vision. In L. C. Chew (Ed.), Innovation & enterprise: Education for the new economy: Proceedings for the ERAS Conference (pp. 87-96). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
In October 2003, at the MOE Annual Work Plan Seminar, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the Minister of Education, highlighted the need to focus on Innovation and Enterprise (I & E) for the next 2-3 years (Shanmugaratnam, 2003). As explained by
the Minister, I & E is essentially about a key set of life skills, including mindsets and
attitudes that every student must have. I&E in essence is about a mindset and outlook of
creativity, initiative and self-reliance. In this author's view, the attainment of "soft" goals
such as cultivating a mindset and outlook of creativity, initiative and self-reliance cannot
be achieved by stand-alone activities but needs to be supported by the teaching of
appropriate content, processes and skills in the core curriculum. It also needs to be
supported by appropriate methods of teaching and learning, as well as relevant modes of
assessment. In a knowledge-based economy, a strong grounding in science concepts,
processes and skills should be considered a pre-requisite for the achievement of the I&E
vision. This paper discusses how better alignment could be achieved between tbe I&E vision and science teaching, learning and assessment.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 24-26 November 2004
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