Singapore Preschool Teachers' Responses to the Introduction of A Framework for a Kindergarten Curriculum in the Context of 3 Preschool Settings
AUTHOR : Lynn Ang Ling-Yin
INFORMATION : page. 55~81 / 2008 Vol.2 No.1
This paper is based on a British Academy funded research proj ect on teachers' responses
to the introduction of the Singapore preschool curriculum titled A Framework
for a Kindergarten Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2003 ) . 1 5 teachers from 3
preschools were interviewed and their views analyzed to identify issues in the implementation
of the new curriculum. The teachers in this pilot study welcomed the
curriculum framework but had reservations about it. For them, the three main issues
were limitations in funding and resources to implement the Framework, a need for
training, and the expectations of parents for a more formal approach to the curriculum.
The cultural and economic context in which the preschools are located seem
to have some influence on the teachers' ability to implement the Framework and on
how the curriculum is delivered to children.