Meaningful, holistic learning gives students better future: Indranee Rajah
- POSTED: 09 Sep 2013 18:23
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Students who are given opportunities to pursue subjects and excel in areas they are interested in are able to attain higher levels of success and feel more engaged, said Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah.
SINGAPORE: Students who are given opportunities to pursue subjects and excel in areas they are interested in are able to attain higher levels of success and feel more engaged, said Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah.
Ms Indranee was speaking at the joint 7th SELF Biennial International Conference and Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference for researchers, educators and policy makers.
The three-day conference was attended by nearly 500 scholars and educators.
Ms Indranee said recent studies have shed light on how students' emotions are intertwined with their motivation and cognition.
Therefore, it is necessary to engage students with meaningful and holistic learning experiences and allow them to experience success in different ways.
She explains: "Learning is a personal, social and cognitive process and in schools, what the students learn has a profound impact upon their personal and social development.
“To prepare them for a better future, there is a need to widen and change our views of education. The change is not simply a paper exercise. It is a change in mind-set and belief to move beyond academic success."