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Fostering Adaptivity Through Systemic Reform: Transforming Education Through the Framework of Preparing Student Abilities and Competencies Through Education in Singapore (PACES)

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Abstract

Progress in information and communications technologies (ICT) over the past two decades has precipitated significant changes in the understanding of social interaction, learning, life, and work. Yet, present day educational systems still seem mired in practices more suited to the early twentieth century, and it is not only the content, but equally the design of these systems that has failed to keep pace with modern day demands. In order for teachers and students to reach optimal capacity, therefore, new literacies, pedagogies, and assessment tools less tightly coupled with the past must form the basis of a process by which the gap between theory and application can be bridged. This chapter discusses the basis, description, and application of a proposed framework intended to guide educational practices towards fostering more adaptive dispositions among learners in Singapore. The PACES framework aims to integrate the essential skill-sets and values, supporting environment, and outcomes into a coherent approach. It considers how each of the components of knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics and mind-sets and their permutations can be applied in order to provide an adequate learning and teaching environment, so that students are sufficiently prepared for real-world situations and challenges.

Keywords

Personal Characteristic Situate Learning Service Learning Situate Cognition Authentic Activity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Technology DivisionMinistry of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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