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Timely change and timeless constants: COVID-19 and educational change in Singapore

Authors
  • Ng, Pak Tee1
  • 1 National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Educational Research for Policy and Practice
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
Nov 04, 2020
Pages
1–9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10671-020-09285-3
PMCID: PMC7610234
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great disruption in schooling around the world. This has triggered me to reflect on educational change in Singapore and some related issues the pandemic has raised. Using “Timely Change, Timeless Constants” as an organizing framework, this paper examines the educational changes that are happening in Singapore and amidst such changes, the timeless constants that should be affirmed. In particular, the move towards a blended learning approach needs to help students develop the capacity for independent learning, not just replicate classroom teaching in the virtual medium. Also, despite needing to adapt very quickly to the pandemic, Singapore should continue to build its education system in a balanced and steady manner, reaffirming the important roles that school leaders, teachers and schools play in the society. Some of these points are applicable to other parts of the world.

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