シム チュン・キャット Sim Choon Kiat
SIM Choon Kiat
|発表テーマ||Closing the Achievement Gap at Primary Schools in Meritocratic Singapore|
|発表学会名||The 4th Asia Future Conference in Seoul|
|主催者||Sekiguchi Global Research Association, Atsumi International Foundation|
|開催地名||Seoul, South Korea|
|概要||This paper examines the strategies adopted by Singapore primary schools in helping the under-achievers and for closing the achievement gap between the 'cans' and 'cannots'. A neighborhood school with a high concentration of socio-economically disadvantaged students was selected for this study and data were collected through interviews with the Principal, Heads of Department, Teachers as well as 4th grade students from low performing classes. A series of participatory observations were also conducted in Math and Language classes with academically challenged students, to follow the interaction between teachers and students over time.
This paper aims to shed light on the reality of primary education in Singapore and to review the pros and cons of tracking students, i.e. separating them by interest or ability level especially at a young age.