Characteristic of the Good Syllabus

Characteristic of the Good Syllabus

According to Keat (2014:9) point out the characters of the good syllabus in four categories there are :

1.      Students centric, values driven education

In the design of the syllabus, age appropriateness is a critical consideration. The syllabus draws upon various students development theories that provide insights on how students at various stages think, develop and learn. Teachers will provide opportunities for students to (1) construct their understandings from their daily experiences with others; and (2) engage in experiential learning and interact with peers of different abilities.

2.      Balanced Representation of Character

Good character is essential in developing good citizens. To develop into good citizens, teachers will encourage students to (1) make responsible choices that are anchored in sound moral principles; (2) display moral courage in standing up for what is right; (3) have emotional strength and manifest optimism, adaptability and resourcefulness to work with our national constraints yet firmly believe that there are opportunities for them to thrive and succeed; (4) show concern to others and look beyond their own interests to those of others in the family, school, community, nation and the world; and (5) offer their time and effort to serve the community.

3.      Expanding Domains from Self to the World

The development of children and adolescents takes place in the context of an ecosystem of relationships. Teachers will encourage students to put values into practice within the context of real-life situations in the family, school, community, nation and the world. Studies have shown that students embrace their social roles as they interact with the world around them and act with consideration of the consequences of their actions on themselves and others.

4.      Students’ life experiences as possible contexts

Teachers will use students’ life experiences to form possible contexts for the delivery so that students can better retain the knowledge, skills and values taught to them. Students learn more effectively when they process new information or knowledge in a context that is familiar to them. It is therefore important for students to recognize what values and social and emotional competencies look like in practice. The increasing complexity of the life experiences from lower primary to upper primary creates the spiralling and the progression for the learning of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in CCE.


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