UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Title of Proceedings: 
international conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Developing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Month of Conference: 
June 2009
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Nazir AMIR, RAMANATHAN Subramaniam
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Teaching science to students in the normal technical stream remains a challenge in Singapore. Teachers teaching these students are on the constant lookout for new ideas that will cater to their kinesthetic learning styles and get them excited about learning science. An approach to overcome this challenge would be for teachers to allow these students to showcase their creative talents through fabricating science-based gadgets. In this way, they can get inquisitive about the science concepts underlying the functionality of such gadgets. At the same time, it gives them an opportunity to use more science concepts in novel ways that will add value to their gadgets This paper describes how 38 students in a secondary one normal technical stream were guided through the design process, which is introduced in Design & Technology (D&T), to design and fabricate a simple candy floss kit in a safe way using simple materials and one that provides scope for students to showcase their creative talents. Their learning of science concepts in relation to their candy floss designs is evident through pages of their portfolios while their creative use of science concepts are evident through several of their prototypes. This study highlights a way of learning science through a D&T approach and opens up a route for integration with other subjects.
Country of Research: 
Singapore
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