Event Title

Values in action : a pedagogy of empowerment for students to take ownership in contributing to community and being socially responsible

Location

MD217, Paul Cardinal Shen Medical Building, Fu Jen University

Start Date

29-5-2015 10:40 AM

End Date

29-5-2015 11:50 AM

Description

Singapore's education system aims to nurture every child and help all students discover their talents, realise their full potential, and develop a passion for life-long learning. Values education has always been at the heart of education in Singapore. In 2012, Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) introduced the new Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum, which includes values education, citizenship education, guidance and counselling modules as well as Values In Action (VIA). Values In Action is a learning experience in CCE that enhances students' development as socially responsible citizens through ownership of their contribution to the community. Values In Action is the successor of the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) which has a greater focus on students taking ownership in identifying and understanding community issues so as to initiate social action with their peers to make a difference and improve the lives of others.

This workshop aims to present a Pedagogy of Empowerment (PoE) for Values In action which encourages students' inquiry into social issues and subsequently empowers them to take ownership of how they can contribute to community, rather than they being instructed what to do. Underpinning the model is Deci & Ryan's Self-Determination Theory (1989), and it requires teachers to adopt an autonomy-supportive teaching, where teachers seek to promote students' tendency to engage in learning because they value this activity or find it interesting. The workshop will feature findings from case studies of the PoE being trialled at secondary and primary schools in Singapore and discussions on possibility of implementation of this model in schools around the world.

Recommended Citation

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2015, May). Values in action: A pedagogy of empowerment for students to take ownership in contributing to community and being socially responsible. Paper presented at the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning: Love Journey: Community Engagement through Service-Learning, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.

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May 29th, 10:40 AM May 29th, 11:50 AM

Values in action : a pedagogy of empowerment for students to take ownership in contributing to community and being socially responsible

MD217, Paul Cardinal Shen Medical Building, Fu Jen University

Singapore's education system aims to nurture every child and help all students discover their talents, realise their full potential, and develop a passion for life-long learning. Values education has always been at the heart of education in Singapore. In 2012, Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) introduced the new Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum, which includes values education, citizenship education, guidance and counselling modules as well as Values In Action (VIA). Values In Action is a learning experience in CCE that enhances students' development as socially responsible citizens through ownership of their contribution to the community. Values In Action is the successor of the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) which has a greater focus on students taking ownership in identifying and understanding community issues so as to initiate social action with their peers to make a difference and improve the lives of others.

This workshop aims to present a Pedagogy of Empowerment (PoE) for Values In action which encourages students' inquiry into social issues and subsequently empowers them to take ownership of how they can contribute to community, rather than they being instructed what to do. Underpinning the model is Deci & Ryan's Self-Determination Theory (1989), and it requires teachers to adopt an autonomy-supportive teaching, where teachers seek to promote students' tendency to engage in learning because they value this activity or find it interesting. The workshop will feature findings from case studies of the PoE being trialled at secondary and primary schools in Singapore and discussions on possibility of implementation of this model in schools around the world.