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Suggested approaches to lower secondary history teaching
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Teaching and Learning, 6(2)39-41
This paper will focus on two History topics that will be taught in Secondary One. The topics are the development of a settlement
in Singapore as well as the succession dispute. Both these topics can be 'covered' by teachers if they adopt a chronological
approach. Teachers can relate the events leading to Raffles' arrival in Singapore in 1819 and discuss the consequences of Raffles'
decision to establish a British settlement in Singapore. The requirements of a settlement are also explained. They can also
explain how Raffles became involved in the succession dispute involving two brothers from the Johore royal family - Tengku
Hussein and Tengku Abdul Rahman. How the dispute arose and how it was subsequently resolved can also be explained.
Apart from using this 'traditional' approach to teach these two topics, it is possible to use alternative approaches. These approaches would involve the pupils more actively in the learning of local history. In these approaches an attempt will be made to
proceed from the known to the unknown.
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