Education in the City: Are Values Caught or Taught?

Education in the City: Are Values Caught or Taught?

Wednesday, 04 April 2018

The Office of Education Research (OER) together with the National Library Board (NLB), presented the second Education in the City lecture on 23 March 2018.

The Education in the City series aims to showcase education research perspectives to give the public a deeper understanding of issues in education and provide tips on what can be done to help our children.

Dr Teng Siao See giving the opening note

This second installment of the series was centered on values education and provided insights on how values such as empathy, hospitality and criticality can be cultivated in children through reading.

Audience listening to a presentation

Ast/P Myra Garces-Bacsal giving her presentation

What parents should avoid when using picture books to impart values

The first speaker, Ast/P Myra Garces-Bacsal from NIE’s Early Childhood and Special Education Academic Group (ECSE AG), gave a presentation on how children can ‘catch’ values through the reading of picture book narratives. She spoke about the role of picture books in exposing children to diverse life narratives and shared tips on how parents can select age-appropriate picture books for their children.

Ast/P Suzanne Choo delivering her presentation

Ast/P Suzanne Choo from NIE’s English Language and Literature Academic Group (ELL AG) later presented on how values can be ‘taught’ through Literature. She spoke about the ways in which the study of Literature can nurture empathy in students and sensitize them to cultural diversity in Singapore and the world. Ast/P Choo also offered tips on how parents can use literature to impart values to their children.

The lecture concluded with a Q&A session moderated by Dr Teng Siao See, a Research Scientist from OER’s Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice.


Panel discussion

Some of the questions posed by the audience to the two speakers included values education for tertiary students, multicultural picture books for social and emotional learning and the difference between sympathy and empathy.