Deepening and transferring twenty-first century learning through a lower secondary Integrated Science module
Thang, F. K., & Koh, J. H. L. (2017). Deepening and transferring twenty-first century learning through a lower secondary Integrated Science module. Learning: Research and Practice, 3(2), 148-162. https://doi.org/10.1080/23735082.2017.1335426
Thang, Fong Kwan
Koh, Joyce Hwee Ling
A secondary school in Singapore incorporated 21st century learning into their science curriculum through an inquiry-based Integrated Science module. This study examines secondary two students’ perceptions of 21st century learning through this module. Through pre and post study surveys of 227 students and focus group interviews with nine students, it was found that the Integrated Science module deepened students’ confidence with self-directed learning and authentic problem-solving whereas students’ confidence with critical thinking positively predicted students’ end-of-year results. Through this module, students acquired skills related to time management, information analysis, the use of information communications technologies and presentation that they transferred to the learning of their other academic subjects. The implications for designing 21st century learning experiences in schools are discussed.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Learning: Research and Practice. The published version is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23735082.2017.1335426