Preschool Curriculum and Policy Changes in Singapore
AUTHOR : Josephine Ng
INFORMATION : page. 91~122 / 2011 Vol.5 No.1
Educational reforms are happening around the world and policy changes are commonly
initiated by governments for political or economic reasons. Singapore government
recognizes the importance of building a knowledge-based economy and is reflected
in the continuous rounds of education policy development and reforms. Since
2003, the Singapore Ministry of Education’s policy change in relation to the preschool
curriculum, have been geared towards more child-centred teaching with an
emphasis on play. In promoting preschools to adopt the play curriculum the government
has introduced nationwide training for all preschool teachers and principals. In
the past, the approach to education has been a meritocratic system and this has strongly
reflected and shaped Singapore culture and way of life. The dramatic educational
change means a shift from years of rigorous academic rote learning to a play
curriculum. This will not be unproblematic.
A qualitative case study research methodology was used to study the lived experiences
of the stakeholders in a kindergarten. The implications of the policy change and
the challenges faced by teachers will be explored.
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Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
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