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Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 1 2020

The articles in this volume make a strong case for a re-invigorated Humanities and Social Studies education at all levels of schooling; an education that as Wang notes in the first article, helps educators “grow to become comfortable with the uncomfortable,” whether it be with controversial issues and difficult discussions, challenging inquiry methods or the move away from comfortable classroom routines to more inclusive, experimental and progressive pedagogies. All of the articles in this volume make a strong case for putting students firmly in charge of their learning, whether it be through constructive conflict talk, issues investigation, environmental action, empowering students to construct what it means to be a citizen, giving students greater voice and choice in their lessons, or using talk moves to enhance student participation and agency in Geography classes. Putting students at the center promises a shift away from teacher-dominated lessons and didactic instruction toward what makes learning worthwhile, engaging, relevant and meaningful for learners.

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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An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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