Overseas opportunities, research into learning methods part of enhanced NIE degree programme
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Channel NewsAsia (Online)
SINGAPORE: Aspiring teachers can look forward to more opportunities to learn overseas and do research into how students learn, as part of the enhanced curriculum for a degree programme at the National Institute of Education.
The four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education programme also aims to help them develop a global perspective on teaching and learning.
Said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat: "It has a strong inquiry focus, exposes student teachers to both education and content research, allowing them to continuously learn and inquire throughout their life. Our approach is to help you deepen your knowledge and skills in two areas - to know your subject well and to know how to teach it well."
Mr Heng was speaking at the 2015 Teaching Scholarship presentation ceremony on Tuesday (Jul 28), where 210 youths received the Education Ministry's scholarships and awards. Fifty of them will be enrolled in the enhanced degree programme.
This includes a semester overseas with partner universities such as the University of Helsinki. Student teachers will also spend one practicum stint overseas in countries such as Finland, working alongside educators in different education systems. They can also do research into what students are motivated by and how to support their development.
One recipient of the teaching award is 25-year-old Joel Wei. He did not do too well in his A Levels, but persevered in his passion and took up a diploma in Sports and Exercise Sciences at Republic Polytechnic, where he was inducted in the Director's Roll of Honour.
He said: "With personal experiences, as well as my training, (I want to tell my students) don't give up. And for me I guess over the years, there are second chances. So with this mindset, I plan to teach my students a sense of resilience and endurance because life out there is not going to be very easy.
"When you actually train or go for competitions, it brings out a person's character - whether or not they will give up, whether they will push themselves."
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