Applied Learning Programme
…Researching Society Using Media Communication…
The Applied Learning Programme (ALP), Researching Society Using Media Communication, will provide students with opportunities to apply higher order thinking skills in real-life contexts, allowing learning to be relevant and meaningful to the students. To be able to do this, we have designed our curriculum to accommodate the different types of learners because it is quintessential in improving student outcomes and this ALP centring on a learning trail can capture a good range of abilities and talents that our students possess. It satisfies a huge number of aspects of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, which includes:
i. the linguistic
In the ALP, students use the English Language as a medium for communication among themselves and with the community. They read information to gather research, conduct oral interviews, form content for reports, proposals, scripts, etc, and do oral presentations.
ii. the logical
Through inquiry-based learning in the trail, students showcase their reasoning abilities through categorising and cataloguing information. They also have to think logically about patterns found in their research data before putting together the content for the trail.
iii. the visual-spatial
Students interpret pictures, maps and graphs when designing their trails, which are part of the skills, learnt in Geographical Investigations and in History.
iv. the bodily-kinaesthetic
From our Sec 1 Study Skills workshop, we found out that a majority of our students are kinaesthetic learners, and will do well with a pedagogical approach that is more active in immersing the student with practical application to their learning. Hence, the ALP caters to students who enjoy learning concurrently with movement and fulfil learning best when performing actions. The Sec 1 and 2s activities provide many opportunities for this group of learners to create things with their hands.
v. the interpersonal
Students who have a flair for interacting with people, communicating verbally and resolving conflicts will be able to showcase these abilities, especially during collaborative work among peers, reciprocal teaching and when interacting with the people through interviews and facilitating the trails for the community.
vi. the intrapersonal
There are specific CCE lessons designed for this ALP and students with intelligence in this aspect are able to employ their strength in self-reflection and analysis to improve not only themselves, but their peers.
vii. the naturalistic
The outdoor trails cater to students who are interested in learning through exploring and discovering the environment.
We are also mindful that most of our students are also digital natives and this phenomenon can present itself as a double-edged sword:
- The pros of being digital natives are that our students are conversant in the use of social media and by adopting media that piques their interest, we will be able to spark greater interest, commitment and ownership in their learning. Furthermore, a critical element of helping students to be more discerning in filtering information they encounter on the web can be addressed through this approach.
- The cons of being digital natives are that our students have lost touch with human interaction and there is a sense of disconnectedness with our physical environment. Hence, our ALP programme is crafted to allow students to restore this human connection through platforms like interviewing the people, interacting with the community and exploring their physical surroundings. It is extremely critical in helping this generation of students embark on a journey of awakening and searching for their own identity as a person, as well as developing sensitivities and displaying empathy to others.