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Title: Cultivating creativity through project work
Authors: Smith, Ian David
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Teaching and Learning, 21(1), 1-8
Abstract: Project Work (PW) is seen in Singapore as a major method of enhancing students' critical and creative thinking. As part of the 'Thinking Schools, Learning Nation' initiative, launched by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in June 1997, the teaching of critical and creative thinking has been given the highest priority by the Ministry of Education (MOE). PW is an excellent way of stimulating such thinking, because it encourages students to draw upon research and knowledge in at least two Curriculum Studies (CS) subjects in solving problems associated with completing their projects. It is proposed that performance in PW be one of the selection criteria for university admission beginning in 2003, and contribute 10% towards a student's total entrance mark. For the past year, several schools have been conducting trials of PW to assist MOE in developing policies that will give teachers guidance in setting and assessing PW. This article will define critical and creative thinking and will then outline some important steps to ensure that PW enhances such thinking by all students.
ISSN: 0129-7112
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Teaching and Learning

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