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Singaporean students and their spirit of inquiry
neighborhood schools
critical thinking
spirit of inquiry
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Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, 2006
Students coming from neighbourhood schools constitute a large percentage of the student
population in Singapore. Therefore, there is a need to train these students to be critical
thinkers as they would contribute largely to moulding the future of Singapore. However,
classrooms observations indicate that students seem to be reluctant in voicing out their
differences from their peers and were also afraid in voicing their doubts and opinions
(Good, Slaving, Harel, & Emerson, 1987; Van der Meij, 1994). In short, we see that
student passivity in inquiring is hindering their abilities to become critical thinkers. This
research will share on how a neighborhood school fosters critical thinking and the spirit
of inquiry in their students.
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CRP 24/04 AC
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