The Applied Learning approach guides the SST teaching and learning process so that the curriculum is delivered within a relevant real-life context to ensure that learning experiences are coherent, challenging, meaningful and aimed at developing the full range of student capabilities, passions and talents. Applied Learning approaches across subjects expose students to a wide range of Alternative Assessments and Performance Tasks that incorporate experiential-learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning.
Such learning experiences may extend to include mentorship, internship, work attachments, and exchange programmes involving tertiary institutions and industrial partners. In SST, the Applied Learning approach encompasses learning that is active and relevant, authentic, integrated, community-focused, learner-centred, and process-focused. These are explicated below:
6 Approaches to Applied Learning
- Engaging the learner as co-constructor of knowledge and meaning
- Providing challenge through rigorous disciplinary content
- Learning by doing and experiencing
- Contextualising learning with tasks and resources drawn from and applicable in the real world
- Developing multi-modal ways of learning
- Learning synchronously and asynchronously
- Building a borderless community of learners
- Inculcating respect for diverse ideas
- Developing stewardship of issues in the community and world at large
- Intra and Inter-disciplinary learning and problem solving
- Teaching for enduring understanding and transference
- Strengthening values, leadership and citizenship
- Honouring student talents and interests
- Differentiating learning experiences
- Developing dispositions for learning while learning
- Fostering higher-order thinking through critical thinking models and creative problem solving strategies
- Uncovering the heart of disciplines through inquiry
- Teaching disciplines as ways of thinking and doing
4 Curriculum Organisers
Research strongly indicates that exponential changes in the 21st Century demand that school graduates be equipped with the relevant affective, social and intellectual dispositions and competencies to be able to thrive in a borderless world of complex nuances. Consciously integrated across all subjects, developmental reports of these dispositions are issued alongside academic reports for each student.
These are explicitly articulated as the 10Cs and organised in three broad categories.
Affective – Commitment, Confidence, Courage
Social – Collaboration, Communication, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Citizenship
Intellectual – Curiosity, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking
SST believes that the 1-to-1 ICT-enabled learning environment elevates student engagement in learning.Ubiquitous technology use in uncovering core academic principles, and the use of simulation tools, dynamic geometrical software and applets create a classroom that encourages intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking.
On-line platforms and tools support an interactive classroom where students learn to strengthen ideas from multiple perspectives. In addition to promoting engaged learning, skills of information retrieval, information management as well as information and knowledge creation are also internalised.
The I & E programme aims to imbue in students an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and mindset, the openness and courage to embrace change and capitalise on opportunities to provide goods and services to improve the quality of life, as well as the heart to contribute to the progress of the community and country.
The explicit teaching and application of critical and creative thinking models; the exposure to innovation protocols, creative application of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills for authentic problem solving and decision making; and the opportunities to interact with practitioners all create a dynamic learning platform for students.
IRS enable students to apply their knowledge of academic concepts and principles to conduct research for authentic problem solving. Students will learn various research methods and are given opportunities to work in collaboration with others, communicate their research findings and make informed decisions. Students will acquire knowledge and skills to become independent learners who can draw on resources across disciplines and platforms.