Maszlee: Student-based learning the way forward

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

PETALING JAYA: Social and emotional learning play an important role in the classroom.

“Findings have shown that when social and emotional learning is promoted as part of the daily classroom life, it fosters positive working relationships, increases student engagement, and models constructive behaviours, all pertinent elements for students to thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said.

Dr Maszlee said Malaysia is now moving towards more growth-based learning where the whole development of a child is at the centre of our policies.

“What this means are three things – to move learning from teacher-based to student-based, an emphasis on values-based education in which values like love, happiness and mutual respect are at the core of our education system and a more holistic evaluation of students’ achievements beyond content knowledge.

“Moving away from an exam-oriented system not only pushes us to focus on critical thinking and creativity, but can help put the spotlight on how we develop positive values and ideas of an individual who is balanced intellectually and socially,” he said when speaking on “Social and Emotional Learning and New Developments in Pedagogies” at the Education World Forum in London.

In short, he added that, Malaysia aspires to strengthen its education system by emphasising a more humanistic and values-driven education, with the internalisation of the culture of happiness, love and mutual respect.

“We want to ensure we create a fun, safe and positive learning environment where the social and emotional wellbeing of our children are prioritised,” he said.

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