RIGID educational programmes are giving way to more adaptable and flexible ones which call for student feedback and participation.
Sekolah Sri Garden recognises this and is continuously encouraging experiential and social learning in the classroom. “We aim to achieve deeper learning processes that provide more meaning to both learners and staff by applying fundamental psychological and didactic principles,” said Kenny Goh, head of Secondary.
Incorporating student-centred teaching into its curriculum, Sri Garden invited Christopher Danziger, an educationist from Oxford, England, to provide some insight into the approach.
Student-centred teaching is defined as a method of “asking students to think out the answer instead of giving them the information”, said Danziger in his workshop, Improving Teaching Performance in a Student-Centred Environment.
Students should be asked to contribute ideas, not thoughts, he added.
“Student-centred learning is based on the hypothesis that students who are given the freedom to explore areas based on their personal interests, and who are accompanied in their striving for solutions by a supportive, understanding facilitator, not only achieve higher academic results but also experience an increase in personal values, self-confidence and social skills,” said Danizer.
This would, of course, require specific attitudes on the part of the teacher who takes on the role of a facilitator. Open communication and attitudes are transparent to students who seek understanding.
Danziger observed lessons in secondary classes in subjects taught in English. He complimented Sri Garden teachers for having made a good start.
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