Singapore University of Social Sciences

Scientific Enquiry and Social Studies in an Integrated Curriculum

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Synopsis

There are three interconnected strands of knowledge introduced in ECE300: (a) creating an integrated and/or emergent curriculum for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; (b) enhancing children’s enquiring mind through meaningful science and social studies topics; and (c) exploring interactive strategies to engage children and scaffold their learning as independent learners and thinkers. In line with the sociocultural framework, this course also emphasises children’s investigative learning process, inclusivity, diversity and collaborative relationships.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every Semester

Topics

  • Creating an integrated curriculum and emergent curriculum
  • Balancing adult-initiated ideas and child-initiated ideas
  • Enquiring with infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers
  • Exploring strategies such as those found in the Project Approach and the Reggio Emilia approach
  • Selecting materials and setting up time and space for enquiry-based curriculum
  • Building a curious and collaborative classroom community
  • Selecting science and social studies concepts and materials relevant for different age groups
  • Working with children’s diverse interests and abilities
  • Working with families and communities
  • Assessing and documenting progress in enquiry-based projects
  • Integrating multimodal literacy and whole language learning
  • Encouraging children to use visual representations

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of the Project Approach and the Reggio Emilia approach in the Singapore context
  • Examine the various approaches to creating integrated curriculum and/or emergent curriculum
  • Discuss the importance of promoting enquiry-based learning across age groups
  • Design, try out and assess the success of an enquiry-based learning experience with pre-schoolers
  • Determine the possible science and social studies topics that would be relevant to Singaporean children across age groups
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