NIE Staff Win Cambridge Journal of Education Best Article Competition
Friday, 29 October 2010
Asst Prof Mark C. Baildon from the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group and Asst Prof Jasmine Sim from the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group recently won the Cambridge Journal of Education Best Article Competition for their article, ‘Notions of criticality: Singaporean teachers’ perspectives of critical thinking in social studies’.
Cambridge Journal of Education is an international English language journal that publishes original refereed articles on all aspects of education. Below is an extract of the article taken from http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a917045840~frm=absli.
In this article, we explore the ways critical thinking is conceived by a group of Singaporean social studies teachers, what they see as its purposes as well as perceived constraints to critical thinking and teaching critical thinking in Singapore's schools. Using a case study research design and constant comparative method, we analysed data from teachers' discussion board entries, observation notes and lesson artefacts from a Master's class. Findings revealed three key tensions involving teaching critical thinking in an exam culture, uncertainty about what constitutes the 'out-of-bound', and the issue of professional identity. Each of these tensions intersected and interacted in dynamic ways for teachers and shaped the way they understand and practise critical thinking.