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ERIC Number: EJ878515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Learning beyond the School Walls: Fieldwork in Singapore, Grades 1-6
Kho, Ee Moi; Parker, Walter
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n4 p29-31 Mar-Apr 2010
On the Southeast Asian island-nation of Singapore, many elementary schools feature a different kind of field trip. Under the name "fieldwork," first- through sixth-grade students regularly venture out of the school on excursions into the community. They conduct surveys and interviews, do simple experiments, observe and gather relevant information, sketch the site, and more. Students learn how to record the information so that they can work with it back at school--organizing and collating it, making inferences, and shaping it into presentations and publications. Such fieldwork is carried out in the Learning Journeys program implemented by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). In this article, the authors discuss how fieldwork is promoted as an important strategy in the schools in Singapore to develop active young citizens with the knowledge, skills, and values/attitudes to make informed decisions. The authors discuss the difference between fieldwork and field trips and describe the structure of fieldwork which consists of four stages: (1) pre-fieldwork; (2) fieldwork; (3) post-fieldwork; and (4) evaluation. They also discuss one school's fieldwork program and the challenges to fieldwork in Singapore. (Contains 1 table and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore