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Current Issue: Volume 5, Issue 2 2016
Volume 5, Issue 2 2016

The shift towards discipline-based approaches in history and social studies education in recent years has seen greater emphasis on a teaching methodology that prioritizes thinking, understanding and active learning in the classroom. In history education, for example, there is increased awareness amongst teachers that developing deeper understandings in history involves giving students opportunities to actively engage with knowledge about the past and having them come to grips with the nature of the discipline. In similar fashion, a re-orientation in social studies education in Singapore is seeing a paradigm shift in the way the subject is taught – focusing more on ways to develop and strengthen students’ understanding of selected (local and global) themes and getting them to think about complex issues that are critical to today’s citizens.    

Image of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Li-Ching Ho
Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 
Photo by Li-Ching Ho

HSSE Online is published by the HSSE Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. The overarching purpose of the journal is to energize, inform and improve teaching practice in Humanities and Social Studies education in Singapore and to provide a venue to share ideas, research and resources that will be useful to teachers and scholars. 

We seek to develop and deepen knowledge and understanding of powerful and innovative research and practice in Humanities and Social Studies education. We hope you will make use of these ideas and resources as well as contribute your own.

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~ John Dewey, How We Think

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