PGDE (Pri)
Curriculum Structure of the PGDE (Primary) (General) Programme
Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
EDUCATION STUDIES 
QED50E Singapore Kaleidoscope 2
CURRICULUM STUDIES AND SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE (any two as assigned) 
Social Studies  QCL50D Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Classroom I  3
  QCL50E Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Classroom II  2
  QCL50G Fieldwork in Primary Social Studies  2
  QCL50H Managing Diversity in Primary Social Studies
  QSL50C Disciplinary Foundations in Primary Social Studies: Geography
  QSL50D Disciplinary Foundations in Primary Social Studies: History

 


Curriculum Structure of the PGDE (Primary) (Chinese/Malay/Tamil) Programme
Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
EDUCATION STUDIES 
QED50E Singapore Kaleidoscope 2

 


Curriculum Structure of the PGDE (Primary) (Art/Music) Programme
Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
EDUCATION STUDIES 
QED50E Singapore Kaleidoscope 2

 

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Course Synopses

QED50E Singapore Kaleidoscope

Singapore is a nation rich in its natural and cultural heritage, with a diverse, well-educated population ready to meet the challenges of living in the 21st society. This course will draw on the diverse perspectives of people living in Singapore to examine Singapore’s natural landscapes, society, culture and heritage, as well as Singapore’s geo-political landscape and future prospects. In the course, student teachers will engage with different perspectives, experience Singapore through a range of lenses, and explore the critical challenges, issues, and perspectives necessary to understand Singapore in the 21st century.
Learning objectives will focus on three main course components:
• Singapore’s Natural Heritage: Focus on Singapore’s bio-diversity & natural landscapes;
• Singapore Society & Culture: Focus on Singapore Education Studies 29 society,  culture & heritage;
• Singapore in the World: Study of Singapore’s geo-political landscape.
Through a range of inquiry-based options, student teachers will have opportunities to develop appreciation and understanding of challenges, issues, and perspectives central to these three areas of study.

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QCL50D Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Classroom I

This course aims to provide student teachers with an understanding of the nature, scope and goals of Social Studies in the context of the Singapore primary curriculum. It seeks to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage primary school children in active and meaningful learning of Social Studies. Student teachers will be given opportunities to design unit and lesson plans focused on key concepts/generalizations and key questions. The various classroom-based instructional strategies to teach historical and geographical concepts and skills will be examined. Student teachers will also be given opportunities to reflect on the links between theory and practice.

 

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QCL50E Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Classroom II

This course aims to provide student teachers with an understanding of how to organise their classroom for cooperative learning. It also seeks to equip them with the knowledge and skills to design meaningful assessment. Student teachers will also learn how to incorporate inquiry and discussions into their Social Studies lessons.

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QCL50G Fieldwork in Primary Social Studies

Student teachers will learn how to apply their understanding of unit planning, inquiry and conceptual learning learnt in the previous Social Studies methods courses in planning and conducting an inquiry-based fieldwork at a site of their choice.

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QCL50H Managing Diversity in Primary Social Studies

This course aims to equip student teachers with the knowledge and strategies to teach about diversity in Singapore and to cater to diverse learners in the classroom. Student teachers will be introduced to the principles and strategies of differentiated instruction and opportunities will be provided for them to plan a differentiated lesson for primary Social Studies. They will also be encouraged to research and reflect critically on issues related to teaching about diversity in their Social Studies lessons so that primary pupils will be able to make meaningful connections and develop enduring understandings about diversity in Singapore, the region and the world.

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QSL50C Disciplinary Foundations in Primary Social Studies: Geography

This course aims to equip student teachers with an understanding of the importance of geographical understanding for citizenship education in Social Studies. They will gain knowledge of children and their geographical ideas and learn about the core geographical concepts in the primary social studies syllabus. They will acquire knowledge of selected topics on the geography of Singapore and Southeast Asia, and learn to use maps, photographs and other geographical resources. Field experiences will be provided and they will have an opportunity to do a geographical inquiry project on an issue that Singapore faces.

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QSL50D Disciplinary Foundations in Primary Social Studies: History

This course aims to acquaint student teachers with an understanding of the disciplinary foundations of History that underpin primary Social Studies. It will also develop in them an understanding of the importance of historical understanding for citizenship education in Singapore. Student teachers will gain knowledge of overarching historical concepts and have experience in historical inquiry. At the same time, they will explore how children can learn such knowledge and skills. They will acquire knowledge of selected topics from the histories of Singapore, Southeast Asia and early world civilizations as SK: Social Studies 72 well as become cognizant of available historical resources that will enable them to meaningfully teach the primary school Social Studies curriculum.

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